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Rules for city parks, recreation centers are tightened

ST. LOUIS – People can’t seem to resist gathering, even as the COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps through the area and nation.

Those who aren’t following recommendations for social distancing put everyone’s health at risk, city officials note. So the city has tightened restrictions at parks and sports and recreation centers.

“Effective immediately, all of the City’s tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball/handball courts, pickleball courts, and roller rinks will be closed to the public until at least April 22,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said Sunday via Twitter.

Golfers at both the Highlands and Probstein courses in Forest Park will have to walk instead of using golf carts, and must stay the six feet apart that health professionals advise.

“Despite repeated warnings from medical experts to avoid large crowds and social gatherings, we continue to see and get reports of people coming into close contact with each other at our parks during recreational and athletic activities,” Krewson said.

“The number of positive COVID-19 cases we’re seeing in Missouri continues to grow very rapidly. That’s why we must all redouble our efforts to avoid exposure,” she added.

Signs, including 30 electronic message boards, with the new information will be put throughout the park system and on area roads.

On Friday, all city playgrounds were temporarily closed.

On Sunday, the total of confirmed cases in Missouri topped 900, with 12 deaths.

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