Update: Crowded City Parks Cause Concern for Some, Mayor Says Parks May Close


  • Shelby Farms Park

With temperatures rising and the sun finally making its long-awaited debut in Memphis, many people are flooding city parks despite health officials cautioning the public to practice social distancing.

A stay-at-home order went into effect Tuesday in Memphis, closing all recreational facilities, gyms, and other businesses around town.

However, based on the executive ordered issued by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, city parks are considered essential and thus remain open to the public.

But, with few places to go around the city, the parks have quickly become hot spots of activity.

Many people took to social media to express their concern over the masses of people gathered in the parks and the apparent lack of social distancing.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Friday afternoon that city parks remain open, “but if we continue to see what we saw yesterday at Tom Lee Park, we will have to close parks.”

But, the mayor said that the city is closing city baseball and softball fields, dog parks, skate parks, and basketball courts effective immediately.

“I cannot not tell you how important social distancing is,” Strickland said.

Meanwhile, parks have issued their own set of guidelines in an attempt to keep visitors safe.

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