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City of Buffalo provides update on possible reopening of recreational facilities

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 15:10:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Michael Finn provided an update Friday on the possible reopening of city recreational facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday it will be up to localities to determine whether public pools and playgrounds reopen. He went on to say they must use health data and metrics as a guide for the decision.

Finn said the city is taking Cuomo's advice and looking at recreational facilities in the city. He said pool facilities in the city don't normally open until July 1.

Finn believes the city will be able to open splash pads, especially the larger splash pads, while still following social distancing guidelines. He said the problem with opening pools is that although the pools themselves may be safe, they are still a confined space.

He says the city will continue to look at the need for the facilities and try to create as many opportunities for recreation as possible with six foot social distancing in mind. The city has allowed tennis courts and golf courses to reopen.

The Western New York region could possibly enter Phase Three next week, Finn says shelter rentals for under 25 people will be available at that time.