De Blasio warns city may shut playgrounds as coronavirus numbers spike
A ‘new reality’ hits parks
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is giving New York City residents until Saturday evening to abide by novel coronavirus social distancing rules in parks and playgrounds.
If people don’t keep at least six feet from each other while getting fresh air and exercise, the city may shut the playgrounds, de Blasio said at a press conference Tuesday.
“We’ve very concerned that people don’t congregate,” he told reporters. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said his patrols are out checking the playgrounds already.
“We’re seeing in most places people are abiding by the guidelines. In other places we have more who are not,” de Blasio said.