Laurel closes playgrounds, park shelters, park bathrooms

Posted at 3:19 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 17:19:45-04

The city of Laurel is closing all playground equipment, city park bathrooms and park shelters to curb the spread of COVID-19.

City parks will remain open, but groups must be limited to less than 10 and maintain six feet of social distancing, according to a letter signed by Mayor Tom Nelson.

Read the full letter here.

As of Tuesday, Yellowstone County had 47 cases of COVID-19, according to a state database. Cases are not broken down into individual cities, so it's unclear if any of those cases are in Laurel.

Health officials note, however, that county totals of confirmed cases are likely lower than the actual number of cases because of a lag time in testing. Also, some patients don't have symptoms and may carry coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, without knowing.