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Portland, Vancouver close all playgrounds, outdoor courts and fields

The closures include playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks, tennis courts and soccer fields, among others.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Parks & Recreation departments for Portland and Vancouver said they've closed all playgrounds and outdoor courts and fields to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Most school districts, including Portland Public Schools, have also closed playgrounds, play structures and athletic fields.

The closures include playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks, tennis courts, soccer fields, picnic shelters, barbecue areas, disc golf and horseshoe pits, among others.

In both Portland and Vancouver, parks and trails are still open, but use should be limited and 6 feet of social distancing should be maintained at all times.

"It’s important to remember that parks are not a safe haven from this virus and all residents need to be following public health recommendations on social distancing," said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department Director Julie Hannon.

In Portland, golf courses remain open, though clubhouses will close starting Tuesday.

"Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency," Parks and Recreation said in a press release. "However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions."

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Portland Parks & Recreation said there will be limited access to public restrooms and no drinking fountains will be operating at its facilities. Vancouver Parks & Recreation said its park restrooms will stay open to help residents who have limited access to restrooms.

"It's weird, it's uncomfortable and it's necessary because we have to give our health care system and workers a chance," said Mark Ross with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Portland previously closed all indoor recreation facilities through April 28 and all activities were canceled through May 2. Those dates are subject to change.

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