The city of Pittsburgh announced additional restrictions Monday morning to enforce social distancing rules that aim to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Public Works crews are removing basketball rims from the courts at parks. The Mount Washington overlooks are also being closed.
The press release from the mayor’s office said the areas were commonly filled over the weekend with residents who were not practicing social distancing.
“Park rangers and police will be out to remind people to observe social distancing,” Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said. “We think that Pittsburghers are going to basically self-police and get the word and change the activity, because this weekend was sort of a step back, but we don’t think that’s going to be a problem moving forward.”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Have the streets seemed emptier than usual around here?
Well, if it feels that way, it’s because it’s true. According to Unacast a data company that tracks insights on how people move around the world, Pennsylvania is one of the best states at social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.
Travel in the state has decreased by nearly 50% since March 1.
Here in Allegheny County, as cases have increased, travel has significantly decreased.
As of March 19, when cases began to spoke in the state, Allegheny saw a nearly 20% decrease, also receiving an A grade from Unacast.
To see the whole study and compare Pennsylvania to other states, head to Unacast’s website.
Pennsylvania and Allegheny County are among the best places in the country for social distancing.