NYC may limit entry to city parks to prevent overcrowding during COVID-19

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People practice social distancing while enjoying the nice weather at Central Park's Sheep Meadow, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Ronald Blum

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NEW YORK — New York City may limit entry at certain parks to prevent overcrowded as the city continues to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

The mayor said the efforts would further enforce social distancing practices.

“There are certain parks where the – just the configuration of the park lends itself to overcrowding and we’re working on strategies right now to address that,” he said during his daily coronavirus briefing.

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, NYC parks have remained open, but it has been difficult to keep crowds from forming, particularly during warm-weather days.

City playgrounds and gyms have remained closed during the pandemic.

De Blasio said further details would be announced Friday and the effort would need “experimentation.”

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