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Five city parks in Breaux Bridge will reopen as St. Martin Parish lifts restrictions

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 11:25:26-04

Five city parks in Breaux Bridge will be reopening on Friday to the public.

Mayor Ricky Calais said the measure to open parks in the city is in correlation with actions being taken by St. Martin Parish government. Calais says that the opening is in response to advice from the medical community providing consultation to the Governor earlier this week.

"Although this crisis is not over, warmer weather provides conditions more favorable for safer outside activity... WITH proper precautions. Social distancing is still necessary and the 10-person limit on groups in any one area still applies," Calais said.

Pavilions and basketball courts will remain closed and group activities are still discouraged.

"You are encouraged to go outside, whether in our parks or otherwise, to enjoy the weather and exercise," Calais said. "Please continue to apply the practices that have been stressed over the past few weeks, such as hand washing and social distancing."

The parks will open to the public on Friday, May 1, 2020.

In the village of Parks, Mayor Kevin Kately says that crews have been disinfecting playground equipment and public spaces in their parks for when the time comes to reopen. A date was not set for their reopening.Read more here.

On Wednesday the St. Martin Parish Government issued guidance to local municipalities on repening these park locations to the public. Read that below:

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"Effective Friday, May 1, 2020, the public parks, under the administration of St. Martin Parish Government, will be re-opened for public use including the children’s playground equipment. Social distancing in all areas SHALL APPLY, and the 10-person limitation rule (parent and children) shall apply to the playground equipment. Therefore, parents are strongly reminded to monitor their children’s activities.

All pavilions at the Parks shall remain closed. All tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and ball fields shall also remain closed.

In a teleconference with all the mayors, Parish President Cedars discussed this matter with them. Most of the municipalities will adopt the same action. However, for understandable and valid reasons, one or more of the municipalities may take different actions.

The outdoor activities now being allowed at our Parks pose no COVID-19 health risks according to the medical community. Indeed, at his press conference on Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards encouraged citizens to get outdoors and exercise. See you at the track!"

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