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Danville closing park play areas, tennis and basketball courts due to coronavirus restrictions

Police remind residents publicly gathering in groups is discouraged during shelter-in-place order

In response to numerous reports of groups of individuals playing basketball, gatherings at play areas and convening in public places, the Danville Police Department has issued a reminder to residents that a mandatory shelter-in-place order has been issued and such gatherings are prohibited.

To help curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus and maintain policies that enforce social distancing, town officials have closed public play areas, basketball courts and tennis courts in local parks, doing so in order to prevent these public gatherings.

"In order to maintain social distancing, and adhere to the shelter order, we are asking the community to curtail these activities," town of Danville officials said in a Nixle message sent to residents. "We recognize that this presents a great deal of inconvenience, however under the current circumstances, working to adhere to the shelter order is needed to slow and stop the spread of the virus."

Parks themselves will remain open, along with park restrooms, and residents are encouraged to take a bike, hike or run to enjoy some fresh air, however in order to limit potential transmission of the coronavirus it is essential that a social distance of at least six feet is maintained between individuals.

Town officials also recommended that parents help work with their children to brainstorm activities that do not involve groups or gatherings. Paying particular attention to avoiding playdates, sleepovers and parties for the duration of the shelter-in-place order -- which will be in effect at least until April 7.

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"Many residents have taken the shelter order to heart, and for that we are very grateful," town officials said. "This is a challenging time, and one that will be difficult for all. We ask your patience and creativity as we work our way through these next weeks."

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Danville closing park play areas, tennis and basketball courts due to coronavirus restrictions

Police remind residents publicly gathering in groups is discouraged during shelter-in-place order

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Uploaded: Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 4:13 pm

In response to numerous reports of groups of individuals playing basketball, gatherings at play areas and convening in public places, the Danville Police Department has issued a reminder to residents that a mandatory shelter-in-place order has been issued and such gatherings are prohibited.

To help curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus and maintain policies that enforce social distancing, town officials have closed public play areas, basketball courts and tennis courts in local parks, doing so in order to prevent these public gatherings.

"In order to maintain social distancing, and adhere to the shelter order, we are asking the community to curtail these activities," town of Danville officials said in a Nixle message sent to residents. "We recognize that this presents a great deal of inconvenience, however under the current circumstances, working to adhere to the shelter order is needed to slow and stop the spread of the virus."

Parks themselves will remain open, along with park restrooms, and residents are encouraged to take a bike, hike or run to enjoy some fresh air, however in order to limit potential transmission of the coronavirus it is essential that a social distance of at least six feet is maintained between individuals.

Town officials also recommended that parents help work with their children to brainstorm activities that do not involve groups or gatherings. Paying particular attention to avoiding playdates, sleepovers and parties for the duration of the shelter-in-place order -- which will be in effect at least until April 7.

"Many residents have taken the shelter order to heart, and for that we are very grateful," town officials said. "This is a challenging time, and one that will be difficult for all. We ask your patience and creativity as we work our way through these next weeks."

Comments

Pedal Power
Danville
on Mar 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm
Pedal Power, Danville
on Mar 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm

ALL EB PARK RESTROOM FACILITIES ARE CLOSED, AS ARE WATER FOUNTAINS,
at all East Bay Regional Park system parks, however the parks themselves are open, (for now), although IMO that could change fast if people refuse to maintain proper spacing.

Source: Web Link


Hugh Li
San Ramon
on Mar 26, 2020 at 11:44 am
Hugh Li, San Ramon
on Mar 26, 2020 at 11:44 am

Playing tennis with a family member is specifically allowed and confirms with the shelter in place order, according to several papers and sources I saw. Playing with someone else is also allowed if the 6-ft rule is observed. I think during this time, allowing some space to safely exercise is very important.

I object to closing the city tennis courts.


Arthur Ashe
Danville
on Mar 27, 2020 at 8:46 am
Arthur Ashe, Danville
on Mar 27, 2020 at 8:46 am

Hugh: Making sure that people stay home and stop the spread of this deadly virus is a little more important than your desire to play tennis. For physical exercise, you can do jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, planks at home. You can go jogging or for a walk in your neighborhood, as long as you stay a safe distance away from others.

As to tennis, balls often are hit from one court to another, and we are learning that this virus can stay on surface of objects for hours. Thus, even if you are playing with a family member you are quarantined with, there is a very good chance that those playing at the other courts will hit their ball on to your court. The virus can be passed on from you touching tennis balls that others touch. Moreover, balls that you touch with your hands will end up in the net, and thus the person playing on your court when you are done could get the virus from touching the net that you earlier touched.

Stop focusing on your own desires, and think about others.


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