Closed playgrounds due to coronavirus have parents and kids on edge

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's the first weekend of Spring, but many children, particularly in the city, will be spending it indoors, as all Philadelphia playgrounds and athletic courts closed Friday evening.

Clemente Park caretaker Antonia Flores locked up the city park gates at 18th and Wallace where kids usually enter to climb playground equipment, play basketball or run on the field.  All of that is off limits, now.

"They're just doing that to take care that nobody gets infected, you understand what I'm saying?" she explained.

Tayannah from Fairmount is a mother of twins who didn't know the park would be closed this weekend and beyond until she showed up.

"We'll find something else to do or just...I don't know. We've got to find more at-home activities," she said. "They want to be out. They want to play," added Tayannah. "They've been in the house like, we want to go outside, can we go to Chuck E. Cheese? Can we go to the jumping place? Can we do this?"

But as another mother, Suzannah, pointed out, staying at home is harder for some, particularly in the city where space is at a premium. Most rely on public spaces for greenery and she says not being able to play outside with her son makes her anxious.

"I mean, it's really sad for kids who have really small houses and who need an outlet," she expressed. "It makes me sad for my kid and for the neighborhood kids because this isn't going to end anytime soon and we need to figure something out."

"They want to be out. They want to play," added Tayannah. "They've been in the house like, we want to go outside, can we go to Chuck E. Cheese? Can we go to the jumping place? Can we do this?"