Crowds flock to Central Park as social distance law enforcement remains in effect – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The sun and warm temperatures drew many people across the region on Saturday, although the application of social distancing remains in effect.
New York City is essentially closed, but in Central Park it looked like a normal Saturday in the spring.

Except of course for all masks and blankets.

“It’s just a beautiful day. People have to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air, “said Mark Silverman of Manhattan.

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After more than a month of quarantine and a rainy period, it only took a little sun and temperatures in the 1960s to bring thousands of people to the city’s parks.

“This is our first time at the park since it happened,” said Jack Haines of Manhattan.

The vast majority of people wore masks and maintained social distance, but not everyone, reports Nick Caloway of CBS2.

“You will notice that there are a lot of spaces that seem to be fine, so it’s a bit surprising,” said Silverman.

Some say the parks are a little crowded on hot days, making it difficult to stay six feet from others.

“I will probably have to adjust my running schedule in part, run either in the morning or later at night to avoid the crowds,” said a runner named Sarah.

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Crowds have also formed along the waterfront in Long Island City in Queens. Some even played team sports at Sunset Park in Brooklyn, against orders from state and local leaders.

And in Long Beach, large groups of people have been spotted on the beach, many not keeping that distance of six feet.

This is despite the fact that the beach is closed.

In Central Park, the NYPD was seen patrolling to enforce the rules. Police did not issue a summons or arrest on Saturday due to social unrest.

“There has to be a sustainable way to do it. I think if we take this seriously and wear a mask and keep our distance, I think there is a way out. I think it’s really important to get out, “said Haines.

But as the weather warms up and we approach summer, some fear that the parks will become more crowded.

As one person said, New Yorkers will not stay locked up forever.

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