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The parks department has already closed parking lots and roads within some of the city's more popular parks.

THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE - Tape and barriers close off the playground at Westmoreland Park in Southeast Portland, because of the coronavirus outbreak.Portland Parks & Recreation has announced that 'greeters' will show up at park sites starting this week to remind visitors about social distancing guidelines.

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order banning all nonessential travel, she allowed some parks to remain open, as long as people maintained six feet of social distance. But as sunny spring weather has tempted people outside, some parks in Portland have become too crowded to safely maintain that kind of distance.

The Portland parks department had previously closed parking lots and roads within some of the city's more popular parks, and now it will redeploy some park employees as park greeters, to help ensure the governor's mandate.

Gov. Brown's order also shut down all playgrounds, sports courts and sports fields in Oregon, though some people have continued to use those facilities.

The department has responded by removing tennis nets, flipping over soccer goal posts and taping off playgrounds at some parks, officials said. They've also turned off drinking fountains, decorative fountains and splash pads. Some public restrooms are also closed.

This Oregonian/OregonLive story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.


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