NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunshine and warm temperatures brought out plenty of people all over the area Saturday, even as social distancing enforcement remains in effect.

New York City is essentially shut down, but at Central Park, it felt like a normal Saturday in the spring.

Except of course for all the face masks and coverings.

“It’s just a beautiful day out. People need to get out of the house and get some fresh air,” said Mark Silverman, of Manhattan.


After more than a month of quarantine and a stretch of rainy weather, all it took was a little sun and temperatures in the 60s to bring droves of people to parks across the city.

“It’s our first time to the park since this has happened,” said Jack Haines, of Manhattan.

The vast majority of people were wearing masks and maintaing social distance, but not everyone, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reports.

“You’ll notice that there’s plenty of spaces that it seems like there’s no problem at all, so it’s a little surprising,” Silverman said.

Some say the parks are a bit too crowded on warm days, making it difficult to stay six feet from others.

“I’ll probably have to adjust my running schedule a part, run either in the mornings or later at night to kind of avoid the crowds,” one runner named Sarah said.

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Crowds also formed along the waterfront in Long Island City in Queens. Some were even playing team sports at Sunset Park in Brooklyn, against the orders of state and local leaders.

And at Long Beach, large groups of people were spotted at the beach, many not keeping that six-foot distance.

This despite the fact that the beach is closed.

In Central Park, the NYPD was seen patrolling to enforce the rules. Police did not issue any summonses or make any arrests Saturday related to social distancing.

“There has to be a sustainable way to do this. I think if we take it seriously and wear a mask and keep distance, I think there is a way to be out. I think it’s really important to be out,” Haines said.

But as the weather warms up and we get closer to summer, some worry that parks will only get more crowded.

As one person put it, New Yorkers will not stay cooped up forever.

Comments (5)
  1. GMoran says:

    Wake up. This picture is from LAST YEAR

  2. Vince says:

    It is pathetic that this article should have phone numbers for people to rat on each other. What ever happened to the “home of the brave”????

    This author should be ashamed.

    1. Vince says:

      Oh, and the Reporter, himself, was not wearing a mask.

  3. CYRUS says:

    That is why I just cannot agree with the City Council’s plan to reopen sections of streets for pedestrians. I guarantee that the selfish will turn this into an opportunity for gathering, drinking, creating too much noise. A detriment to those living in buildings on those streets. And I guarantee enforcement , if any, will be weak as it currently is throughout the city..

  4. CYRUS says:

    You know, if we really want to reopen society, it is not too much to ask that people wear a mask in public and maintain social distancing. This would greatly help resolve the issue much sooner so we can get things running again. Unfortunately, it appears that the NYPD will have to start giving more summonses to those selfish narcissists among us who refuse to follow these very simple orders so we can recover quicker. .

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