St. Paul closes public playgrounds, skate parks, and athletic courts

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St. Paul will take more steps to ensure people are physically distancing themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Tim Walz's extended Stay at Home order.

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Wednesday, the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department tweeted that it would be closing down all city playgrounds, athletic courts, and skate parks until further notice in an effort to keep large groups from congregating. The city will begin removing basketball hoops, locking up tennis courts, and posting bilingual signs.

Signage will be posted on-site in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/8afUc0NX05

— Saint Paul Parks and Recreation (@SaintPaulParks) April 8, 2020

In Minneapolis, public playgrounds, athletic courts, and skate parks remain. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board last week announced public pools and beaches would not open this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We urge everyone to strictly comply with the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep the park system open:Stay six feet apartNo group sports/activitiesDon't drive across the city/metro to visit popular parksUse parks in moderationhttps://t.co/mFimsAOjtZ pic.twitter.com/0jGY5Dy5nH

— Mpls Park & Rec (@MplsParkBoard) April 1, 2020

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