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Baltimore will secure all playground equipment as people ignore coronavirus guidelines

Baltimore will move to secure all playground and exercise equipment in city-operated parks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Families have continued to use swings and slides, despite warnings from health officials to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The Recreation and Parks Department last month removed basketball hoops and tennis nets for the same reason.

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“After seeing people use this equipment, despite the need to practice social distancing while in public, I asked Executive Director Reginald Moore to secure these locations,” Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Monday in a statement. “Our staff will continue to make every effort to ensure residents can stay fit and active.”

The city operates more than 145 playgrounds.

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There are more than 870 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Baltimore, and 26 people have died from the virus.

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