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San Antonio parks to temporarily close in effort to curb COVID-19

San Antonio parks to temporarily close in effort to curb COVID-19

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San Antonio is closing all parks for Easter weekend. San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department/Facebook

Think twice before heading to a local park this weekend, y'all. On Tuesday, April 7, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County announced they are closing all public parks in an effort to curb COVID-19.

All county parks and amenities will close beginning at 9 pm on Friday, April 10, and ending Monday, April 13, at 9 am to coincide with the Easter and Passover holidays. City parks shutter at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 10, and reopen on Monday, April 13, at 5 am. 

Under the order, all activities inside county- and city-run parks, park amenities, and dog parks will be prohibited.

Trails, including the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system, will remain open. 

“In a large urban park system with over 250 parks and 70 miles of greenway trail system, we need the public’s support to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” says Homer Garcia, director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation. “Closing city and county parks during Easter weekend emphasizes the importance of staying home and practicing social distancing.”

For those who do head out on the trail, officials urge caution and the use of social distancing. Maintain six feet from other people and warn others before passing. 

This is just the latest in a series of measures the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have implemented to help curb the COVID-19 virus. In March, both Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued stay home/work safe orders to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.