All parks in Los Angeles will be closed on Easter Sunday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus amid the city’s stay-at-home order, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a news conference Wednesday night.
Many families have traditionally used the parks for Easter egg hunts and gatherings, but the mayor said the events now present too great a risk to public health.
“This is such a fun moment for our kids, this is such a great tradition that many families have, but we can’t afford to have one cluster of just even a few people together, it could spread this disease to more people and kill them,” he said.
The parks will be closed from the evening of Saturday, April 11 through the morning of Monday, April 13, Garcetti said. Park rangers and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department will be patrolling the facilities on Sunday to enforce the closures.
Garcetti asks for help for undocumented immigrants: The LA mayor has also called for the federal government to provide benefits to undocumented immigrants who are now out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak and shuttering of non-essential businesses.
Garcetti estimated there are 2.5 million undocumented workers in California, with 650,000 of those living in Los Angeles County.
"They are an integral part of our city, they pay taxes,” Garcetti said. “That is why Congress needs to come back to the table.”