Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies
It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things.
All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did remove basketball hoops from several city courts that still saw activity amidst the quarantine orders.
“People say, ‘well when is it over, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks?’ This model projects you’re going to have a high death rate through July. If this model is correct, this could go through the summer,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany on yesterday.
“I warned people that if they didn’t stop the density and the games in the playgrounds — you can’t play basketball, you can’t come in contact with each other — that we would close the playgrounds,” he said.
While playgrounds are closed, the parks themselves will remain open.