Morgan Hill, Calif., City Manager Christina Turner says it's difficult to predict how the loss of revenue from sales tax and recreational programming fees will affect city finances. "We continue to explore steps to lessen the impacts to the city's fiscal sustainability in general and the recreation services program in particular," she says.
Parking enforcement officials in Richmond, Ky., are issuing warnings on vehicles parked in front of restaurants in an effort to keep those spaces free for delivery and pickup as restaurants struggle to stay afloat amid outbreak fears. City Manager Rob Minerich has reassured concerned residents that the city will not issue parking tickets under the new policy.
A number of tourist attractions in Shanghai, China, including Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, have introduced a virtual queuing system to prevent gatherings and ensure contactless entry, while also improving visitor experience. Shanghai Happy Valley also installed 16 virtual queuing machines at its two roller coasters, allowing guests to finish queuing within two minutes through procedures such as QR code scanning and facial recognition.
Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., have postponed festivities planned to mark the city's 50th celebration of Earth Day on April 19, 2020, until next year amid concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The city is encouraging residents to celebrate Earth Day privately and has offered a list of tips on how to do so.
The Saugus, Mass., Youth and Recreation Department has distributed 171 "boredom bags" to children to give them something to do while they're at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. The bags contain craft kits, toys and coloring pages.
More cities and counties around the US have closed public playgrounds to help curb the coronavirus. However, trails and parks in many areas are still open.
The town of Ledyard, Conn., recently recognized Parks and Recreation Director Scott Johnson Jr. for saving the life of a man who started choking at a Christmas event. Johnson used the Heimlich maneuver and performed CPR on the man.
Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island is one of four New York state parks adding solar panel arrays to produce electricity. "Our goal is to keep scaling up our solar capacity and produce enough power to cover half of our needs by 2025," State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said.
Residents of areas such as Leominster, Mass., and central Ohio can continue visiting parks during the coronavirus pandemic to get exercise and enjoy the other health benefits of being outdoors. However, recreation and park officials note that people should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including practicing social distancing.
Chicago; Frederick County, Md.; and the Canton, Ohio, area have all seen noticeable declines in 9-1-1 calls as people stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Frederick County Mental Health Association says that calls to its 2-1-1 emergency hotline have risen 186% since March 1.
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