The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency has announced its plans to reopen playgrounds, pavilions and the skate park for public use following restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.

These facilities will reopen to the public on Friday, with some restrictions in place to help ensure the safety of park visitors, authorities said.

In Cherokee County as of Wednesday morning there had been 635 confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began and 21 deaths attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Statewide the count was 34,848 infections and 1,494 deaths.

“As we begin to slowly open up our playgrounds, pavilions and skate park, it is critical we ensure the health and safety of staff and the public,” CRPA Director Jay Worley said. “That begins with each of us taking personal responsibility to be good stewards of our parks and each other.”

All park users must continue to abide by all CDC guidelines on social distancing, as well as gathering sizes as defined by Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order. Under the order and guidelines, a gathering shall mean no more than 10 persons physically present at a single location if, to be present, persons are required to stand or be seated from six feet of any other person. Therefore, groups of more than 10 are permitted, if their grouping is a result of being spread across more than one single location.

While these facilities will be reopening, the pools at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center remain closed until further notice, and all recreation programs are canceled through May 31.

“We have taken a phased approach in reopening these outdoor recreation areas,” Worley said. “These restrictions will change the way Cherokee residents visit some familiar sites.”

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