Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced plans to reopen some city facilities in the coming weeks, including summertime draws like playscapes, tennis courts and splash pads. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.
The major said over the last 10 days the city has seen no new coronavirus-related deaths and only four new hospitalizations. He commended the governor, pointing out that Connecticut is the only state in the country to have seen the number of cases decline by around 50% in the last week.
With the numbers in mind and a reminder to keep wearing masks, Bronin outlined plans for a phased reopening of parks and recreation facilities in the city.
On Friday, the parking lots at parks will reopen. Monday, playscapes and tennis courts. On Friday, July 3, basketball courts and splash pads.
On July 13, open athletics fields will reopen for organized activities. On June 26, the MyRec systems will begin allowing reservations in anticipation of the reopening.
Also on July 13, summer camps will restart at parks and splash pads.
The public will be expected to continue to observe social distancing at all these places, and there will be signage encouraging safe behavior.
Bronin said pools will not reopen this summer because the city is not confident they can be opened in a safe way. West Hartford and Bloomfield have also opted to keep pools closed.