Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester is taking action to keep residents away from some of the city’s recreational facilities during the coronavirus crisis.

The city says "group gatherings and activities" are prohibited in parks until further notice.

The Parks and Recreation Department says it “has noted increased traffic in the park system over the past week. While most individuals are adhering to social distancing recommendations, group activities where participants come into close contact with one another violate social distancing expectations and are prohibited.”

.The department has taken these steps to eliminate future problems:
Tennis and pickleball courts have been padlocked; rims have been removed from basketball courts, and playgrounds and the skate park at Silver Lake have been signed as “closed.”

Parks and trails will remain open for walkers, hikers, and bikers. Residents and visitors with no symptoms of illness are encouraged to take advantage of them at safe social distances during the Stay at Home order.

We want people to be comfortable enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise,” says Paul Widman, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Rochester. “Take advantage of the spring weather but do so smartly and at a safe distance from others.”

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