Portland shutting parks centers, programs
Portland is closing all of its indoor parks facilities and stopping many other programs because of the COVID-19 outbreak, including community centers until April 1 at the earliest.
According to the late Friday announcement, the decision is based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority.
The tentative reopening date for the bureau's indoor facilities is April 1, 2020.
"Based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and local public health officials, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is closing all of its community centers and pools, and canceling all indoor PP&R activities, programs, and rentals," PP&R said on March 13.
Portland Parks & Recreation said it is following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority, the Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.
According to the bureau, the decision applies to:
• All PP&R indoor programs: All indoor recreation and athletic programs are canceled through March 31, 2020.
• All PP&R facility rentals and permitted events in PP&R community centers: All indoor permitted events are canceled.
All PP&R parks, playgrounds, golf courses, trails, and natural areas remain open. Park visitors are encouraged to follow direction from public health agencies and elected officials around social distancing.
PP&R outdoor activities and events with less than 250 people can go on as planned.
PP&R will encourage participants at outdoor offerings and events to follow social distancing guidance.
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