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SF mayor closes outdoor recreational facilities


Much of the playground equipment in Santa Fe City parks have been taped off to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo shot in Santa Fe Friday November 20, 2020. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber issued an emergency proclamation Friday closing all of the city’s outdoor recreational facilities through the end of November. That includes playground equipment, basketball and handball courts, skate parks and athletic fields.

The city says the restrictions are in line with the state public health order already in place that has shut down tennis courts, golf courses and state parks.

Hiking trails, dog parks and areas of parks where there are not playground equipment or playing courts remain open, though parks are still subject to existing limitations on mass gatherings.

“Unfortunately, residents continue to gather in the City’s parks to use sports courts and equipment, playgrounds, and other recreational infrastructure,” Webber said in a statement. “The bad news is that too many are not wearing a face covering or socially distancing. We need to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

This is the second time this year that the mayor has placed limitations of city parks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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