City of Tallahassee Closing Playgrounds, Other Park Gathering Spaces

Mar 24, 2020

The city is closing playgrounds, ball fields and other gathering spaces in an attempt to encourage social distancing.
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All city playgrounds, dog parks, ball fields and pavilions in Tallahassee are now closed to the public. Mayor John Dailey says it’s the latest attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Dailey announced the news in a video released on social media.

"What we’re trying to do is discourage people from gathering at the parks. We understand times are tough and we’re all at home with our kids.  And we understand we need to get out and get some exercise. But as we gather together at playgrounds and our kids are on the equipment together, it’s counterproductive to the measure. I want to remind everybody we need to take these measure seriously. We need to support the CDC guidelines with social distancing and personal hygiene.”

City officials say green spaces and trails will remain open so members of the community can continue getting outside, while following CDC guidelines that recommend no groups larger than 10 people.