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Mar 20, 2020 - As part of its evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak
, and with guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), the City of Mercer Island is closing all park playgrounds, sport courts, and picnic shelters, effective immediately.
On Saturday morning, March 21, parks staff will post signage at these facilities, and at nearby park entrances.
“With schools closed and many more people working from home, our extensive parks and open spaces are providing much-needed mental and physical stress-relief,” said interim Parks and Recreation Director Ryan Daly. “But we have determined that it’s in the best interest of all park patrons to close playgrounds, courts, and picnic shelters. Park patrons should also avoid gatherings, team sports, and pick-up games.”
The City’s many parks, trails, and open spaces will remain OPEN, as will park restrooms provided park patrons adhere to Public Health guidelines. “This is an unprecedented situation and we want to keep our parks open for casual visits, but we absolutely need the community’s support and adherence to social-distancing guidelines,” said City Manager Jessi Bon. “Let’s work together to keep everyone safe in our outdoor park spaces.”
Residents are encouraged to get out and enjoy the sunshine, while following Public Health guidelines:
Practice social distancing, leaving at least 6 feet between others.
Wash hands often with soap and water; if not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Parks and Recreation staff are collecting photos of the creative ways you, your family, and even your pets, are still enjoying the outdoors while practicing safe social distancing; please Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org