All of Arlington’s dog parks, fields and playgrounds are closing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Amid the rapid increase in cases and community spread of the virus in the county, Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation are locking down most outdoor recreation facilities where people hang out. gather. This follows the closure of indoor community centers last week.
Community trails and gardens will remain open to individuals, but group gatherings are prohibited.
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Arlington County is committed to the health and safety of our community and our employees. Right now, all parks, fields, playgrounds, restrooms, trails, dog parks and courts in Arlington County / APS are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Signs will be posted at all affected locations. Visitors to the park are urged to obey all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations.
Community trails and gardens are also closed to groups. Please exercise and garden alone. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important that everyone takes personal responsibility, practices social distancing and washes their hands frequently.
The parks department is currently printing signs announcing the closures, according to DPR spokeswoman Susan Kalish.
A number of readers have reached out to ARLnow to report groups of people apparently not following social distancing recommendations at local sports fields and parks.
“It happened to go get some fresh air and walk on the trail due to the 40s and the courts along the trail are full of people playing football and basketball,” one reader said in a report. email to ARLnow last week.