The City of San Francisco painted circles on the Dolores Park lawn on Wednesday in an effort to remind visitors to keep at least 6 feet away to avoid coronavirus infections.
The image is most curious in Dolores Park, one of the most iconic green areas of the Californian city, in the Latin quarter of Mission, where it seems that the grass has been replaced by a gigantic patterned carpet.
The idea is that those who come to the park assign themselves a circle and do not abandon it, thus guaranteeing that they will never be less than two and a half meters from other visitors.
“I feel like if we didn’t have circles, people would be crowding everywhere,” said Hania Osman of San Jose.
Anything you want is allowed within the circle as long as it does not involve coming into contact with the occupants of other circles (you cannot, for example, pass a ball from one circle to another), but you can sunbathe, read , stretching, juggling, smoking marijuana – legal throughout the state of California – or chatting with neighbors from other circles.
For several weeks, the park has been in the midst of controversy as city residents have flocked to the park during the preventive lockdown order due to the pandemic causing the Mayor to threaten to close the park on several occasions.
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The San Francisco Recreation and Park said it saw New York using chalk circles, so they decided to give it a try.
In addition to Dolores Park, the city has also drawn circles on the ground for other popular green areas such as Little Marina Green, Washington Square, and Jackson Playground.
The weekend that begins this Friday is especially “dangerous” in this regard, since Monday is a holiday and the weather forecast points to very high temperatures and hot days in the city, all of which factors are expected to encourage residents to refill the parks.
The city of San Francisco, with 881,000 inhabitants, was the first major city in the United States to enact confinement measures, and epidemiological experts agree in pointing to this decision as one of the keys to the reduced impact that the coronavirus has had within its limits. : since the beginning of the health crisis, it has only registered 40 deaths and 2,320 infections.
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