New York Park Paints 'Social Distancing' Circles On Grass
A park in New York has painted circles onto its grass to help visitors stick to social distancing measures. Clever eh?
Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a popular spot for visitors and in an attempt to make sure that people are staying six-foot (1.8m) apart, staff painted some circles on the artificial grass meaning people can sunbathe, read a book or have a little picnic safely away from other park users.
According to Dezeen, the park came up with the idea and two members of staff spent four hours painting them on with special chalk paint. There are around 30 circles arranged into rows and each offers space of eight-feet (2.4m) in diameter.
Domino Park told Dezeen: "In total, it took a few 99¢ (81p) cans of white chalk paint from the local paint store, two people, and four hours to implement this strategic tactical urbanism. Visitors started using them properly almost immediately."
It added: "Domino Park continues to stress the importance of social distancing on its Instagram stories, continues to have park ambassadors be a visible presence and encourage wearing masks and social distancing."
Alongside the circles, the park has also put up signs to remind visitors about social distancing, while police patrol the area handing out masks to anyone not wearing one.
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New York residents are required to wear masks while outside to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that groups of up to 10 can gather for 'any lawful purpose' anywhere in the state, but added: "If you don't have to be with a group of 10 people don't be with a group of 10 people."
The decision to allow groups of up 10 to meet was quickly condemned by councilman Mark D. Levine, who represents Upper Manhattan and is chairman of the City Council's health committee, who tweeted to say: "This shocking order, forced by a lawsuit, changes nothing about the risks associated with group gatherings - especially those held indoors.
"We need the public to continue to be smart and use judgement about the risks of this virus, regardless of what the court has forced on us. No one should interpret this as advice to change their behavior."
New York has been the hardest hit state by the pandemic, with more than 367,000 cases and 29,138 deaths, according to figures from The New York Times.
New York City is the worst affected area, with 20,740 out of the 29,138 deaths.
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