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Frankfurt closes public playgrounds and harbour park

18.03.2020 | 08:08 Clock | Service
Frankfurt closes public playgrounds and harbour park

Environmental Officer Heilig asks all children and parents for understanding

Since all schools and day-care centres in the country have been closed since Monday, the playground is a pleasant alternative to pastime for many parents. But unfortunately this is not the purpose of the closures. The "social distancing" must also apply to children if the spread of the corona virus is to be successfully contained. For this reason, further measures have now been decided: "The federal and state governments have decided to close all playgrounds because of the dangers posed by the coronavirus. Of course, the Parks Department will implement this decision immediately and close all playgrounds", said Rosemarie Heilig am. From today - Wednesday, 18 March - all municipal playgrounds and football pitches, all skate and roller sports facilities and the harbour park will remain closed until further notice.

The playgrounds will be closed or, if there is no fence, they will be cordoned off with flutter tape. In addition, clearly visible information signs indicate that the playgrounds are closed. Parents and families are urgently requested to adhere to the closure for their own health protection and to inform children and young people of its necessity. "I know how inappropriate the closure will be for many, especially for those families who do not have their own greenery around the house. The forest playgrounds in particular were unusually full at the weekend. Nevertheless, I ask everyone to respect this order and in particular to show understanding for my colleagues from the Parks Department," Heilig added.

Not all green spaces are affected by the closure. But these places should not be stormed now, even if it is difficult: "For the time being, the city parks, the banks of the Main and the city forest will remain open for those seeking recreation. But I would ask that the well-known recommendations regarding social contacts be respected there as well. Even though it will certainly be even busier there than usual. Those who are able to do so can perhaps now explore more of our cycle and hiking paths in Frankfurt's GreenBelt. We will be presenting some of the trails on the city's social channels over the next few days," said Heilig.

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