Effective immediately, playground equipment located at city parks and on school grounds throughout the City of Pittsfield will be inaccessible for public use, as part of the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The protective measure will include the roping off of playground equipment, some of which may also be temporarily removed during this period of restriction.

The update comes in the wake of the city’s earlier communication this week prohibiting the use of playground equipment, congregate activities and group game playing at city parks, fields and courts. This notification explained that playground equipment was closed until further notice due to non-sanitized surfaces.

While the parks are still open for passive use, visitors should maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people while enjoying these spaces.

These restrictions are in effect until further notice. Park usage will continue to be monitored and additional protective measures may be added if determined to be necessary.

To stay connected to city updates on the coronavirus, a COVID-19 link is available on the home page of the city’s website and will feature continuous updates from the city. The public is also encouraged to use the subscription service to receive a notification when a new update from the city is available and sign up for CodeRED.

Residents across the state can now sign up to receive updates, news and prevention information related to COVID-19 by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.

For more information, please contact Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Office of the Mayor, 413-499-9322.