Parks closed, restricted in Gwinnett to prevent coronavirus spread

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Parks across Gwinnett County have modified access in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sugar Hill closed its Gary Pirkle Park to the public on Monday. Norcross’ Lillian Webb Park is still open to families and small groups, but gatherings of more than 10 people are banned in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Norcross doesn’t plan to use its police department to enforce the limits. The city is “strongly encouraging” residents to follow its guidance.

“We are confident this will not be a problem,” said spokeswoman Pam Ledbetter.

The park’s bathrooms are open throughout the day and are getting cleaned regularly, Ledbetter said. The playground equipment is not getting any extra sanitation treatment.

Sugar Hill has closed the parking lot for Gary Pirkle Park, but it’s still accessible on foot. Going to the park won’t have criminal consequences, but the city urges people to stay home and practice social distancing in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, said spokeswoman Kami Clements.

Gwinnett County has 50 parks and facilities as part of its Parks and Recreation Department. It’s closed all indoor facilities, including gyms, pools and community centers, but outdoor features like trails and playgrounds remain open.