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NYC playgrounds should close to prevent kids from spreading coronavirus: Council Speaker Corey Johnson

New York City’s playgrounds should be closed in order to prevent kids from spreading the coronavirus among one another and bringing it home to their families, Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday.

“My fear is that even though we’re not seeing acute affections that are really hurting children, children, we know, New York City News can be carriers who can spread to each other and then go home and give it to their parents and grandparents,” the speaker said of Fox 5’s “Good Day New York.”

The city’s COVID-19 toll reached 20,011 confirmed cases and 280 deaths on Wednesday evening.

Police and other city employees are monitoring parks and playgrounds this week to see if people observe “social distancing” — staying at least 6 feet away from one another — while inside green spaces. Mayor de Blasio says if that doesn’t happen, he’ll shut down parks.




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Every borough except Staten Island will get a street closed to vehicular traffic and opened to pedestrians in a pilot program starting this Friday.

Johnson defended that decision against accusations the closures marked “mixed messaging” — Press Release Distribution News opening up areas to spaces to recreation while encouraging New Yorkers to stay at home.

“Some of the parks are too small in certain neighborhoods and they are not built to accommodate everyone that shows up in them,” Johnson said, “so the idea was to do a program like a Summer Streets program, given that there’s far less traffic right now, to alleviate some of the congestion inside the parks.”

While de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have been calling the shots on the city and state’s coronavirus response, Johnson first called for street and playground closures on Monday.

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