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Mayor: Refrain from touching city playground equipment

Mayor Derek Slaughter, following Centers for Disease Control advice, has asked streets and parks employees to put signs up at city parks to ask people to refrain from using playground equipment.

The move done this week as part of the effort to control spread of COVID-19, is just one of the orders Slaughter has in place.

Signage is being prepared to be put up at the playgrounds at Brandon Park, Memorial Park, Newberry Park, Young’s Woods Park, said Adam Winder, general manager of streets and parks.

“We are in the process of making signs advising individuals not to use the playground equipment,” Winder said.

“We don’t want to create panic, but we want to refrain from close contact and touching surfaces, which is how the virus spreads,” Slaughter said.

“We want to do social distancing so that perhaps the virus will die off and we can resume or normal daily lives,” he said.

City Hall is closed to the public and is for emergency access only.

A tax bill collection box is on the west side of City Hall as a drop-off for those wanting to pay their taxes, Slaughter said.

“It is clearly marked,” he said.

The streets and parks employees remain on the job, as do police and firefighters, he said. Codes enforcement is getting done on an emergency basis.

The next recreation event, the Christy Haberstroh annual Easter Egg Hunt at Brandon Park, that was scheduled for March 28, has been postponed and no new date has been arranged, Slaughter said.

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