CORAL SPRINGS, FL –  Coral Springs has closed the basketball courts at Betti Stradling Park following complaints that players at the courts violated coronavirus safety measures.

The park at 10301 Wiles Rd will remain closed until Monday, officials said Thursday.

Complaints to the Broward County 311 hotline said that on Monday and Tuesday evenings up to 40 people were playing at the basketball courts with no social distancing or not wearing face masks, according to the Broward County COVID-19 Business Complaints website.

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Based to the county coronavirus emergency orders, basketball pick-up games aren’t permitted, but people can play games such as "horse.” Basketball courts are limited to individual use and organized athletic leagues, as long as social distancing is maintained at all times to the extent possible.

Coral Springs issued a statement Thursday reminding residents to follow to the emergency orders:

“It’s evident that the last several months have been challenging for our nation, state and city. It is critical for our residents to remain active and healthy, which is why we encourage and support residents to enjoy our city parks and recreational facilities.

“Furthermore, following protocol and emergency orders are requirements, not recommendations, and appropriate measures are being taken from the city in regards to residents and visitors in violation.

“The basketball courts at Betti Stradling Park will remain closed as a result of the violations through Monday.”


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