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Southington officials close town athletic courts, dog park, and playscapes to deter large public gatherings

Southington officials close town athletic courts, dog park, and playscapes to deter large public gatherings



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SOUTHINGTON — Town officials have closed playscapes, town tennis courts and the dog park, in an effort to discourage groups larger than five people from convening, in an effort to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The closures, which became effective Friday morning, were announced by the police department.

The town's parks — Recreation, Panthom and Memorial — and other open spaces remain open for public use with restrictions. Crescent Lake, Open Space and the Linear Trail also remain open. 

However, officials have closed the parks' playscapes and have locked tennis court gates. 

Officials also have removed the rims from town basketball courts to deter usage. 

Southington Police Lt. Stephen Elliott, in a news release, advised that other activities, like soccer, baseball and football, should not be played in a game format. 

“Playing catch while maintaining social distancing in a group of five or less is acceptable,” Elliott wrote. 

Police will be conducting surveillance on the properties to ensure public compliance with the new measures. 

“We realize that this is a difficult time for everyone and that people are looking for activities to get themselves and their families out of their homes and to get their minds off the pandemic,” Elliott wrote.  “These changes to the usage of our Town Parks were implemented with the health and safety of our residents in mind. Once again, we would like to thank our citizens for their understanding as we work though this difficult time together.”

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