The City of St. Louis today announced additional restrictions at its various parks and sports and recreation facilities in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
“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,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson.
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.
Additionally, golf carts are now temporarily prohibited at Probstein and Highlands Golf Courses in Forest Park. Golfers will instead be required to walk the courses while following the recommended social distancing guidelines of staying six feet apart.
“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,” Mayor Krewson added.
Additional signage, including 30 electronic message boards, will be installed throughout the City’s vast park system and on highly traveled local roads to alert the public.
These latest restrictions build upon the City’s unpreceded and evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, all City playgrounds were temporarily closed in an effort to preventfurther exposure and encourage safe social distancing.