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Santa Maria taking steps to ensure social distancing guidelines at city parks

Santa Maria taking steps to enforce social distancing guidelines at parks
Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 22:27:46-04

The City of Santa Maria is limiting access to some sports amenities at its parks to ensure people are following social distancing guidelines.

City officials say Recreation and Parks staff will be removing basketball backboards and limiting sports court lighting.

Sports fields will also be posted with regulations preventing use by groups of players, including soccer, rugby, baseball, and softball.

"We encourage individual activities or activities where maintaining a six foot distance from others is possible, such as tennis, pickle ball, walking, running, biking and disc golf. "It is critical that everyone follows the social distancing guidelines presented by the Center for Disease Control, to ensure your City parks can remain accessible for all," said Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services Manager.

Violators could receive a citation.