Metropolis leaders determined to shut parks fully after giant teams gathered in areas this previous weekend, defying state orders to keep up social distancing.
KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — Public parks might be closing within the metropolis of Kalamazoo to curb the unfold of COVID-19 in the course of the governor’s stay-home order.
Metropolis officers have introduced that starting on Tuesday, April seventh all metropolis parks could be closing to guard public well being and scale back the chance of transmission of the sickness.
On March 20th Kalamazoo determined to shut down playgrounds and picnic pavilions to be used. Trails, lawns, and open areas within the parks have been stored open with the recommendation for park guests to maintain distance from each other and take precautions for his or her well being.
After crowds have been seen gathering in some metropolis parks over the previous weekend, metropolis leaders selected to increase the closures to all parks grounds and actions.
“Anybody one which continues to make use of parks in violation of this closure could also be topic to elimination by Public Security or different legislation enforcement motion,” town mentioned in a launched assertion. “Residents are reminded that it’s critically necessary to observe all tips supplied by well being officers, which embody avoiding giant gatherings.”
Some people have been found by park staff to have bypassed warning tape set round playgrounds and skate parks, making use of the services towards town order.
Starting on April 1st direct-access playgrounds at Kalamazoo Public Faculties properties have been closed to the neighborhood in an effort to stop the unfold of the virus on the tools.
Portage Parks proceed to stay open for public use of trails and open areas although playgrounds, picnic areas, the Portage canine park, and buildings might be closed in the course of the interval.