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Social-distancing measures stepped up in parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn

Visit parks along the Hudson River and East River
Posted at 10:47 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 10:47:51-04

NEW YORK — As weather warms up across the region, New York City is implementing new measures to step up social distancing efforts across two city parks.

After teasing the idea Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday made clear the details at his daily COVID-19 press conference.

According to de Blasio, capacity will soon start to be limited at Piers 45 and 46 of Hudson River Park, a popular destination along Manhattan's West Side for New Yorkers in the spring and summer months.

Additionally, the mayor said NYPD presence will be increased throughout Brooklyn's Domino Park, the Williamsburg waterfront park that spans a quarter of a mile along the East River.

The new measures come after people started to come outside disproportionately with the nicer weather over the past week, de Blasio said.

Limiting entry to parks "strikes a balance" that allows people to get out and enjoy fresh air for their mental health after being asked to follow unnatural rules like wearing masks in public, staying home for weeks and staying away from others.