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St. Louis restricts driving in some parks

ST. LOUIS – A restriction on driving inside some of the city’s most popular parks is the latest move to curb public gatherings as the area fights the further spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“This past weekend, there were reports of social gatherings in our City parks, despite repeated warnings from medical experts to avoid close contact with others,” Mayor Lydra Krewson said Monday in a statement. “We need to limit vehicles coming into our parks to discourage these gatherings, but also to provide more room for those who wish to safely practice social distancing.”

Krewson held an online briefing Monday in which she outlined these and other steps St. Louis is taking.

Here are the new rules for driving in the parks, effective immediately:

All roads inside O’Fallon, Willmore, Fairground and Carondelet parks (except for Loughborough Drive to Grand Drive/Holly Hills) are closed to traffic until at least April 22. Violators will have their vehicles towed.

In Forest Park, the three road closures are as follows:

  • Government Drive from Wells Drive to Washington Drive
  • Fine Arts Drive from Government to Lagoon Drive
  • Lagoon from Fine Arts to DeBaliviere Circle

People are still welcome in the parks, but they should practice safe social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart.

The city has already closed its playgrounds, roller rinks, and tennis, basketball, racquetball, handball and pickle ball courts until at least April 22.

As of Monday, March 30, the city has 139 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Missouri now has more than 1,000 cases, with 13 deaths.

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