The city of Greenville is closing all city playgrounds and canceling special events through May 10 — the weekend of the downtown Artisphere festival — in a citywide effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The latest restrictions were announced after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended halting gatherings of 50 or more people and a White House advisory to avoid groups of more than 10 people.
“While we recognize this decision is undoubtedly disappointing, our top priority is protecting the health and well-being of our residents,” City Manager John McDonough said in a release, “We will continue to be proactive in taking the appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and safeguard those who are at the highest risk.”
City officials will continue to work with event organizers in finding alternative date options. An updated listing of events can be found here.
The city is also closing all playgrounds and fitness stations effective Monday, March 16 because it can’t be cleaned frequently enough to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Two public meetings — the South Downtown Master Plan meeting and the Consolidated plan meetings — scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, have also been canceled. Community centers and the Greenville Zoo remain closed through March 31.