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Saturday, March 21, 2020 

Parks And Isolation

Steps have been taken at recreational sites to ensure community safety. 
Playscapes and swingsets and slides and basketball courts were off limits today as the town took dramatic steps to limit group activities, part of an effort to encourage social distancing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. While hiking trails, bikes paths and other such places were busy, our parks were not. 
At Charter Oak and elsewhere, basketball rims were removed from backboards, swings raised on swingsets, and playscapes fenced off.
The town also issued reminders for hikers and others to practice good hygiene while out and about, including observing the recommended six feet distance from other people. But no matter what, not everybody was on board ...

This was the scene at the high school, where despite 'closed' signs people were inside the fence using the running track and artificial turf field.
For the most part, though, the interventions are working:
At Mt. Nebo and the dog park ....
At Washington, Martin and the other elementary schools ...
At Kennedy Road and Union Pond. By the way, all of the changes are in place indefinitely and the town has made a special appeal to parents and guardians, noting "We are all in this together." 
Finally, A Sign Of Hope ...
Literally. Traveling from one mostly desolate park to another today was a bummer for photographer Paul Ofria, so he couldn't resist stopping while driving past this house on Woodbridge Street. 
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