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Mayor Dan Rivera with Department of Public Works Director, Brian Pena, and the Lawrence Board of Health, announce the expansion of passive recreational spaces, that includes the Den Rock Park Parking Lot and all Tennis Courts across the city, starting Friday, June 12, 2020. In line with the guidance provided by the Governor in Phase II of the reopening plan, visitors of Den Rock Park and tennis courts will still be expected to practice social distance and wear a mask or facial covering to avoid the spread of the virus.
Public health is the priority and motivator behind the reopening dates. As of 6/9/2020, the City of Lawrence has recorded 3,290 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 123 deaths at the hand of the virus. The total spread is unknown even in this late date. The city continues to rank 3rd in cases per capita and 5th in total infections. Despite our efforts, the rate of testing is low. Still less than 200 people are tested per day. The City’s percentage of people testing positive was at 16%, while the Commonwealth’s positive rate was a little under 5%. “Expanding passive recreation options for residents is important as the weather gets warmer, but we must remember that we are still in a national state of emergency due to the Coronavirus,” said Mayor Dan Rivera. “In Lawrence, we are still very much a hotspot, and our testing numbers remain low. It is absolutely vital that residents practice social distancing, wear face coverings or a mask and refrain from gathering in groups while utilizing recreational areas in our community.”
**Please note that Tennis Courts are for TENNIS ONLY, no other Contact Sports. **
For questions regarding the reopening call 978-620-3140.