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All NYC playgrounds to close, Cuomo says

Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 18:54:29-04

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing to send the message to keep people from gathering in public places during the coronavirus crisis.

The governor announced Wednesday that all playgrounds in New York City will be closed. Mayor Bill de Blasio had already closed 10 parks across the five boroughs Tuesday. Open spaces will be left available as part of the governor's plan.

"I've thought about this for weeks, I warned people that if they didn't stop the density and the games in the playground, that we would close the playgrounds," Cuomo said. "You can't play basketball. You can't come in contact with each other."

Gov. Cuomo said he had consulted with New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson regarding the move.

There are 83,712 positive cases of coronavirus in New York state, Including 47,439 in New York City.