Big white circles appear in California parks to promote social distancing


The circles serve as a reminder to maintain the distance.

Large white circles have been painted in San Francisco parks to promote social distancing.

In San Francisco’s latest effort to reopen public spaces, the Parks and Recreation Department painted 10-foot circles on the park’s grass where people can sit, relax, and enjoy the parks safely. .

“Social Distancing Circles, which will be in four San Francisco parks before Memorial Day, is a pilot program similar to what NYC Parks implemented in Brooklyn’s Domino Park,” said Tamara Aparton of the Recreation Department. and San Francisco Parks at ABC. “Like the masks and signage, we hope the circles serve as an additional visual reminder to use our parks safely while respecting social distancing. “

The four sites with social distancing circles include: Dolores Park, Little Marina, Washington Square and Jackson Playground which will be completed today.

Earlier this month, Mayor Breed threatened to shut down Dolores Park due to large crowds ignoring social distancing rules. The circles serve as a reminder to maintain the distance while enjoying the extended weekend.

Recently, local governments have struggled to keep people socially aloof in public places like beaches and national parks. California Governor Newsom closed Orange County beaches after photos showed crowds of bathers. The National Park Service has also raised concerns about overcrowding throughout the weekend due to the reopening of some large parks.

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