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Clayton closes playgrounds

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CLAYTON —The Town of Clayton has closed its playgrounds and park restrooms to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Greenways, trails and parks remain open, the town said in a news release on Sunday.

Clayton Parks and Recreation Department staff were disinfecting playgrounds and restrooms in town parks each morning, the town noted. “And we saw parents practicing frequent hand-washing and sanitizer use with their children,” the town said.

But closing playgrounds and park restrooms will help stave off even further restrictions, the town said.

 “I really want to thank everyone for being so great about following the guidelines that are helping slow the spread in our community” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “And it’s because so many people are being cautious that we’re definitely not at the point we feel a stay-at-home order is necessary.”

“We want people to get outside with their children, and we want families to continue getting takeout and supporting our local businesses,” the mayor added. “As long as we keep practicing social distancing and washing our hands frequently, Clayton will get through this.”

The town asked residents to observe the following rules when visiting greenways, park trails and open space:

• Refrain from using parks or trails if sick.

• While on greenways or trails, alert other users of your presence as you pass and step aside to let others pass.

• Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this isn’t possible, find another area in the park.