Mayor Greg Fischer announced two significant changes at the start of the week that will impact Kentucky’s largest city.
On Tuesday Fischer issued a new order that will close playgrounds, ballfields, and soccer fields in the city’s 120 parks.
“I didn’t want to have to close public areas in our park and was hoping this wouldn’t be necessary,” the Mayor said. “But too many people have shown they have yet to grasp the serious nature of this threat and were gathering in crowds in our parks and ignoring social distancing.”
This also includes dog parks where pets can be unleashed and the basketball courts, a place where many people were spotted coming into close contact with one another. The parks are still open for runners, cyclists, hikers and golfers, all recreational activities that follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Fischer’s spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday morning that law enforcement officials, from both LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard, will be stationed outside of Louisville hospitals beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. The move comes two days after Governor Andy Beshear announced new security measures would soon go into effect at hospitals across the Commonwealth.
“As we believe that cases are going to ramp up, we’re going to take some security measures around our Kentucky hospitals just to make sure everything is orderly and make sure that everybody in there, from the practitioners to the patients, are safe,” Beshear said Monday.
“Again, this isn’t about enforcing any type of curfew. It’s not about circling anybody’s neighborhood. I just want to make sure that if we see that scenario where our hospitals and our medical centers have a surge, that we can take care of everyone in the most orderly fashion.”
Hopefully the increased security measures will keep the sick away from the well, further preventing the spread of COVID-19.