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NYPD limiting access to parts of Central Park this weekend

Posted at 6:02 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 18:02:50-04

SHEEP MEADOW, Central Park — A sunny Saturday in a socially distanced Sheep Meadow with police and school safety officers at every entrance limiting the flow of people into a vast lawn in Central Park.

Some Parkgoers are masked, some are not. Some have complaints, others do not.

“In the middle of the afternoon, all of a sudden, police shut down Sheep Meadow on the theory that it’s overcrowded,” Gary Simon, a parkgoer, told PIX11 News. “Now that they shut it down, it is way overcrowded here,” pointing to a crowded lawn near Sheep Meadow.

Others feel that visitors are doing their best.

“It looks like everyone is keeping their social distance, abiding by the law,” Quadina Hill said. “It should be fun. It should be safe.”

A different type of coronavirus-proofing is taking place in another city park. There are big circles on the grassy areas in Domino Park in Williamsburg, six feet apart, to force everyone to keep their distance.

In Sheep Meadow, a group friends snagged a spot before noon for a picnic in the grass with their pooches.

“You can't have dogs, usually there's a fine,” Kelly Benfer said. “But right now, they are letting them in on a leash.

As of Saturday evening, no word on if any summonses for not social distancing have been issued.