Harris Co. judge orders parks closed for Easter weekend

Here is what Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced to heighten protection from COVID-19 during the Easter weekend.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued an order that all parks operated by the county will be closed starting Thursday at 8 p.m. due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The move reverses the county’s original order that allowed parks to remain open. However, public benches, exercise equipment, playgrounds and basketball courts were off-limits to eliminate contact with others.

The closures are in effect until 8 a.m. Monday.

While parks in the county are being ordered to close, Houston city parks remain open. Mayor Sylvester Turner ordered the removal of basketball goals and volleyball nets at all city parks last week.

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