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Phoenix closing playground equipment at parks due to virus

Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 15:25:11-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix is closing playground equipment at city parks to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

The closure announced late Monday by the state's most populous city takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

That's also when a statewide stay-at-home order issued Monday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will take effect. State officials on Monday also announced that Aizona schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Phoenix officials said the closure order for playground equipment also includes fitness equipment and basketball and volleyball courts in parks but that parks green spaces and walking areas and certain other facilities remain open.