This article is 3 years old. It was published on March 27, 2020.
City of St. Louis Playgrounds Close During Stay at Home Order
Effective immediately all playgrounds in the City of St. Louis are closed. Playgrounds will remain closed as long as the city’s Stay at Home order is in effect. The Stay at Home order was issued as part of a broader strategy to aid in social distancing in the city to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The City of St. Louis Department of Health is reporting that the Stay at Home order issued for the City of St. Louis has resulted in the intended consequence of gatherings at some city playgrounds. Although getting outside is a great option to help manage life while at home the social mixing that’s occurring at the playgrounds increases the risk of children contracting and/or spreading the virus.
“For social distancing to be effective there has to be and emphasis on physical distancing to limit interactions with others,” said Fredrick Echols, Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “To assist us in better achieving our goal of limiting interactions between members of the community, we find it necessary to close our city playgrounds while the Stay at Home order is in effect.”
As of 5:00 p.m. March, 26, 2020, the City of St. Department of Health reported 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 146 persons being monitored, and 21 pending tests approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Department of Health’s most recent COVID-19 response efforts can be found at https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/covid-19/.
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