Mayor Sylvester Turner ordered the removal of nearly 497 basketball rims from 142 city parks yesterday. The parks will still be open, but basketball rims are going down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Social distancing is very important,” Mayor Turner said. “It’s one thing to play tennis. You’re across the net. But in regards to basketball, that is a physical contact sport.”
The mayor said the sport was drawing too many crowds at city parks.
“Hated to do it, but health first,” Mayor Turner said. “What you will see if you look at the numbers, the population that’s coming back testing positively (for COVID-19) is that age group between 20 and 60, and a lot of it is in their 20s and 30s.”
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