new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

People are seen on Sheep Meadow in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic on May 2, 2020 in New York City.

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  • Warm spring weather caused thousands of people to rush to New York City’s parks this weekend, despite stay-at-home orders. 
  • But most of them appeared to be observing social distancing rules in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  • City officials were expecting crowds and sent out 1,000 police officers to monitor the situation, with many of them patrolling parks and even handing out free face masks.
  • Speaking about people gathering in the parks this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “The nice weather is very much a threat to us.”
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Thousands of New Yorkers flocked to the city’s park this weekend enticed by the warm weather despite stay-at-home orders.

While people exercised, walked their dogs, and even enjoyed picnics in and around Central Park, it appeared they were still endeavoring to adhere to social-distancing measures.

City officials, who were expecting the large crowds, sent out 1,000 police officers to monitor the situation and hand out free face masks. 

Scroll down to see photos of thousands of people gathering in New York city’s parks.

New Yorkers rushed to parks and open spaces on Saturday as the first weekend of May welcomed temperatures in the high 70s.

new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

People fill Sheep Meadow in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic in New York on May 2, 2020.

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Source: New York Times

Thousands of people were sunbathing, doing exercise, walking their dogs, and even picnicking in and around Central Park.

new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

People exercise around Central Park in New York City on May 2, 2020.

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New York State, which has been one of the worst-affected in the country, is still under an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that restricts any “nonessential gatherings” until at least May 15.

new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

People fill Sheep Meadow in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic on May 2, 2020, in New York City.

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Source: New York Times

City officials were also aware that the warm weather would draw crowds, sending out 1,000 police officers to enforce social distancing measures and also give away free face masks.

new york city parks busy weekend coronavirus

Park enforcement officers stand as people fill Sheep Meadow in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic on May 2, 2020 in New York City.

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Source: CNN