Published on : Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Rockland County recently announced its decision to shut down all green spaces in the area that would include all county-run parks. The decision has been undertaken in light of the coronavirus pandemic to maintain proper social distancing as containing the intensity of the virus spread gets harder by the day.
The closure would come into effect from Tuesday, April 7. The county’s Division of Environmental Resources already began barricading parking lots and closing down trailheads. All parks have been ordered to remain shut until notified further.
In addition, all events have been canceled until the parks are allowed to reopen. Additional park facilities like playgrounds, boat ramps, restrooms, offices and parking lots will also remain closed.
The move comes as a result of more stringent actions being undertaken to curb the spread of the deadly virus. As reported by health officials, positive coronavirus cases cross the 5,500-mark in Rockland on Monday. It is one of the top countries with huge COVID-19 cases outside of New York City.
Allan Beers, Division Coordinator, Rockland County said in a press statement that Rockland is aware that closure of County Parks is an inconvenience for residents looking to get outdoors. However, he also mentions that the action was inevitable as maintaining social distancing was becoming increasingly difficult with the increase in attendance at parks. He termed the move as a safety precaution against the coronavirus spread.
The closures commencing Tuesday will be reassessed on a two-week basis and extended as required. Park permit holders will be able to get a refund or reschedule planned events on grounds. The Division also mentioned that all new park permit requests are to be put on hold.
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended New York’s stay-at-home notice. He also waived state and local park fees last month for New Yorkers seeking exercise.