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DOWNERS GROVE - The Downers Grove Park District on Thursday took additional step to prevent individuals from gathering on sports fields, courts and playgrounds by cordoning off those facilities.

Those facilities, which were closed March 20, have been restricted with caution tape, and additional signage has been added to the areas and facilities that are closed.

Parks remain open, and the park district encourages residents "to enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation through dispersed recreation by participating in outdoor activities away from others."

“This is in response to people not adhering to to the executive order in regard to playgrounds being closed and social distancing,” said Dawn Hartman, the park district's director of marketing and community engagement. “We are taping areas off right now and everyone plans to be finished by the end of the afternoon.”

“According to the stay-at-home order, parks remain open to allow folks to walk, hike or jog. Areas designed for group activities such as playgrounds, courts and sports fields are off limits. These areas do not provide the opportunity to practice social distancing,” the district said in a notice issued by the Downers Grove Park District, the village of Downers Grove, Community High School District 99 and Downers Grove Grade School District 58.

“To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors and vulnerable populations, Governor Pritker adopted a stay-at-home order, which began on March 21. It is crucial that you follow CDC recommendations for social distancing due to COVID-19. This means keeping a 6-foot distance from others," the release stated.

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