Oak Park, one of the first communities in Illinois to broadcast
a “shelter on site” order during the coronavirus pandemic took
another step to slow the spread of the disease, ordering the closure of all
playgrounds, fields and courts.
According to an article posted on the suburban village website,
the closure includes all basketball, tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts:
The closure does not apply to dog parks, but owners must
meet the requirements of social distancing.
The village issued a “shelter on site” order on March 18,
two days before the state of Illinois issues a statewide order.
Cities and municipalities were left to figure out how
to enforce orders, Chicago seeing hundreds of people gather on
beaches and on the running and biking tracks near Lake Michigan. Lori, mayor of Chicago
Lightfoot said Wednesday it plans to close all beaches by the lake
city trails and parks if residents don’t follow statewide order, and interim
Police chief Charlie Beck says city police could start
issue tickets to those who do not comply with the order.