ROCHESTER, Minn. - The message from Rochester city leaders is clear: stop congregating in parks.
Minnesota is currently under a stay-at-home order and spring weather has many people itching to be outside.
“Despite the current Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations about social distancing, people are still gathering in groups and not observing six feet of distance between themselves and others,” city leaders said Wednesday.
In an effort to stop the spread, the city is installing fencing around Silver Lake Skate Park in an attempt to deter individuals from gathering and potentially spreading the coronavirus.
“We are specifically making a call out to our community’s youth to be champions for social distancing at this time,” said Rochester Police Chief James Franklin. “Limit unnecessary contact with others, and avoid contact with people who aren’t living in your own household – this includes your friends. You have an opportunity to be change-makers for all of us.”
Brian Morgan loves to skate at the Silver Lake Skate Park. He admits he has been skating there the last couple of days.
"I thought would maybe have the park to myself but there was definitely just a lot of people," Morgan said. "There a lot more than usually."
He adds that he didn't know the park was off limits because he didn't see any signs. Paul Widman is the Park and Recreation Director. He tells KIMT News Three "park closed" signs disappeared and that's why they created a physical barrier.
"We really need to take the stay at home order seriously recommendations seriously," Widman said.
Morgan says he has no problems following the rules. He plans to scout new places to skate.
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