The City of Greensboro is almost daily reporting more closures and reductions of services due to the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, April 2, Greensboro announced that public restrooms were being closed at a large number of city outdoor facilities and that several additional outdoor facilities will be closed to the public.
According to a city press release, Friday, April 3, the public restrooms at Gateway Gardens, Greensboro Arboretum, Bicentennial Garden, Barber Park, Country Park, Hester Park, Keeley Park, Market Street, Lake Daniel Park, Lake Brandt, Lake Higgins and Lake Townsend will be closed.
The City of Greensboro’s skate parks and basketball courts will also be closed as of Friday, April 3.
The press release stated that these changes were being made because increased attendance at some facilities had made it difficult to ensure that staff and residents were able to observe the requirements of the stay-at-home order of staying six feet apart and not gathering in groups larger than 10 people.
The Parks and Recreation Department is installing signage to inform people of the closures and the basketball nets and play equipment “will be tied down or wrapped with caution tape to help ensure people do not use the equipment or gather in groups of more than 10.”
The Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) announced further reduction in bus service in Greensboro as a response to COVID-19. The buses will continue to operate on an hourly schedule but move from 16 routes to the combined seven routes usually offered on Sundays.
According to the press release, during peak hours ridership is down by 50 percent or more. The current service hours are Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fares for GTA and SCAT buses remain free.