Westchester Executive Tells Residents To Practice Social Distancing Or Parks Will Close

Sean Adams
April 01, 2020 - 3:15 pm

RYE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday closed all New York City playgrounds and there’s warnings a similar closure may be issued in Westchester County.

Residents are being warned not to ruin parks for everyone and keep their distance if they choose to venture out into public.

“I will close, by executive authority, any individual park,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

He stresses that he doesn’t want to close the parks as he understands the value of fresh air, exercise and the sooth effect of nature.

However, complaints have been pouring in and he says the greatest area of concern is at Kensico Dam Plaza and at Playland Beach in Rye.

Latimer says there are too many reports or people not adhering to social distancing guidelines and some are engaging in contact sports.

“Those parks that have an accumulation of people, we expect people to follow social distancing. Our parks department personnel and our police personnel are on patrol and they are advised to tell people loudly and publicly maintain social distancing,” Latimer said.

Residents in New York city were warned not to gather in parks, and when they did not listen, Gov. Cuomo shut down playgrounds. Though, large spaces are still open for people to walk through or do some exercise.

So far, there’s no ruling to close parks in Westchester or any other part of the state.

County golf courses are also still open as the sport can be played while maintaining social distance.