East Villager Bonnie Rosenstock said she’s been exercising by strolling around Tompkins Square Park but has been concerned to see groups of people not practicing social distancing inside the park.
“I usually walk around the perimeter of Tompkins Square Park and notice a lot of people hanging out in large groups in the playing area,” she said, “and the exercise area with bars is always full of young bare-chested men.”
Rosenstock’s photos show skateboarders hanging out on the Tompkins blacktop and guys working out in the “outdoor gym” area. Some of the individuals are around the recommended distance apart from each other, but others definitely look a little too close.
“I saw a police car coming out of the park and asked the cops what they were doing about it,” she said. “The driver said there’s only so much they can do. Yeah, not if you don’t get out of the car and walk around the playground area. They only drive right through the park in a straight trajectory where some benches are. Not helping.
“That’s why I only walk around the four sides of the square and don’t stop or go into the park.”
A sign on the fence near the park’s corner warns parkgoers to stay at least 6 feet away from each other for their own safety.