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Pullen Park reopens as workers, patrons take coronavirus precautions

Posted October 10, 2020 7:15 p.m. EDT

— With the recent increase in COVID-19 numbers, how concerned are people in public spaces like parks right now?

Saturday saw many people take advantage of open spaces, parks and greenways. Pullen Park was no exception, especially with the popular train and boats opening. Parkgoers told WRAL News it's all a matter of being cautious.

It was all aboard on the train at Pullen Park once again. Raleigh Parks recently opened it and other amusement rides at the park as North Carolina moved into Phase 3 of the ‘Safer At Home’ plan. On Saturday, the state announced its fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases. Those numbers come as more people get out into the public.

"Get out there as long as you take the right precautions," said Brad Klisares. "Don't let it hold your life back."

Health officials have said people are getting too lax on safety protocols. On Saturday, park attendants could be seen sanitizing rides before and after people boarded them. Many people were wearing masks, too.

"I think there's plenty things you can do and maintain all the social distancing and all that good stuff you need to but not be cooped up in your house right now," Klisares said. "Get out and enjoy life."

Pullen Park is open with limited capacity. People may have to wait longer for rides. Park attendants also want people to keep their distance.

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