The City of Prestonsburg has closed access to its playground equipment.
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said in his daily Facebook live video update that the state Department for Public Health requested that the city close its playground equipment. The move is in order to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
“The playground equipment is a big opportunity to get cross-contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, so we’re going to be closing them down for a while,” Stapleton said.
Stapleton said the city’s walking track and bike trails remain open, but social distancing must be observed while those features are being used.
“It does you no good to keep that social distancing and then everybody pile up at the last minute after the ride to talk about it,” Stapleton said. “It doesn’t help. Keep the social distancing.”
Stapleton said families are encouraged to use the city’s recreational areas, but they should not include anyone who is outside of their immediate households.
“The parks are open, any playground equipment is closed,” Stapleton said.