[Updated] Local parks will be closed on Saturday and Easter Sunday as the city continues the battle to control the spread of the coronavirus.
“To be consistent with our neighboring communities and avoid any potential services or gatherings we are closing parks this Sunday,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.
Thursday morning, Derderian said the parks will also be closed Saturday.
Many families and organizations have Easter egg hunts and cookouts in parks on Easter. During the outbreak, county and local officials are reminding people to continue social distancing.
Last year Easter Egg hunts were held at the Rose Bowl and One Colorado. Easter is also one of the biggest Church-going days of the years.
Parks will reopen after Easter, but park playgrounds will remain closed.
Dog parks, however, will remain closed.
The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement on Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation that parks, public gardens and lakes throughout the county will be closed.
“With the top priority being the health and safety of our park guests, team members, and community, we made the difficult decision close all LA County Parks location,” said Norma E. García, Acting Director of LA County Parks in a prepared statement. “We know Easter is day of celebration for many park guests and fun tradition for LA County Parks, and we appreciate the public’s support and understanding as we collectively work to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.”
Garcia said the efforts were made to help keep people safe.
“Parks are a haven and vital to the health and joy of our communities, especially during this challenging time,” added García. “We hope these extraordinary efforts will help with the county and global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.”