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.”
Today we took additional steps to close some elements of our @COTparks that are serving as gathering spots.
— Mayor John E. Dailey (@MayorOfTLH) March 23, 2020
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.
Playgrounds may be closed, but your kids' imaginations can run wild in our beautiful open spaces. Looking for a new spot? Try Governor's Park, located just north of Park Avenue off Blair Stone Road. #TLHCanDo https://t.co/0J1xKLhsLO https://t.co/rRJ4AY5Mjo
— City of Tallahassee (@CityofTLH) March 24, 2020