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New York officials are taking basketball rings to court because people are ignoring social distance rules

New York officials have brought down basketball rings in courts across the city, in desperate attempts to heighten social distance in the fight against the corona virus.

Photos show courts across the city with their hoops removed Thursday – the same day New York State recorded 100 deaths from the virus in just 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 385.

Employees at the Department of Parks and Recreation in New York City saw ladders remove the basketball hoop from a field in Tompkins Square Park.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday evening that hoops would be broken off at 80 of the city’s courts, where people ignore social distance rules by playing high-contact sports.

New York officials have brought down basketball rings in courts across the city, in desperate attempts to enforce social distance in the fight against the corona virus. Photos show courts across the city with their hoops removed Thursday

New York officials have brought down basketball rings in courts across the city, in desperate attempts to enforce social distance in the fight against the corona virus. Photos show courts across the city with their hoops removed Thursday

“There will be no basketball games because there are no basketball rings,” said the Blasio at a town hall briefing.

The offending courts have been selected by police and park officials after making ‘repeated attempts’ to stop people playing there, he added.

Other courts could also be added to the list, he warned: “If we eventually have to close basketball courts across the board, we will.”

The mayor also plans to close parks and playgrounds across the city if New Yorkers fail to follow the rules set out in the executive order.

The St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court on St. Nicholas Avenue and West 133rd Street in Harlem is chained - the same day New York State registered 100 deaths from the virus in just 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 385

The St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court on St. Nicholas Avenue and West 133rd Street in Harlem is chained - the same day New York State registered 100 deaths from the virus in just 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 385

The St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court on St. Nicholas Avenue and West 133rd Street in Harlem is chained – the same day New York State registered 100 deaths from the virus in just 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 385

On the fence of the St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court is a sign that says 'COURTS are close to group play'.

On the fence of the St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court is a sign that says 'COURTS are close to group play'.

On the fence of the St. Nicholas Park Playground basketball court is a sign that says ‘COURTS are close to group play’.

A statewide order requires that all non-essential workers stay at home and residents must only go out for sports, food or medical reasons.

People have also been told to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other to slow the outbreak.

But on Thursday, herds of New Yorkers were seen – some aloof and some definitely not – enjoying the weather in the city parks.

People were portrayed exercising, walking their dogs and sunbathing in Domino Park, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday evening that hoops would be broken off at 80 of the city's courts, where people ignore social distance rules by playing high-contact sports

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday evening that hoops would be broken off at 80 of the city's courts, where people ignore social distance rules by playing high-contact sports

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday evening that hoops would be broken off at 80 of the city’s courts, where people ignore social distance rules by playing high-contact sports

Employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation in New York City saw ladders remove the basketball hoop from a field in Tompkins Square Park

Employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation in New York City saw ladders remove the basketball hoop from a field in Tompkins Square Park

Employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation in New York City saw ladders remove the basketball hoop from a field in Tompkins Square Park

The offending courts have been selected by police and park officials after making 'repeated attempts' to stop people playing there, de Blasio said

The offending courts have been selected by police and park officials after making 'repeated attempts' to stop people playing there, de Blasio said

The offending courts have been selected by police and park officials after making ‘repeated attempts’ to stop people playing there, de Blasio said

Some practiced social distance and followed official advice to go outside to exercise, but for others, a global pandemic was clearly a long way from them.

Officials muffle taking a tougher line and shut the parks down completely if people don’t follow the rules.

De Blasio said he will call about the park closings on Saturday.

The city is testing other measures to enforce social distance rules.

At Pulaski Park there is a sign on Thursday with the text 'Fields are closed for group play'. The mayor is also considering closing parks and playgrounds across the city if New Yorkers fail to comply with the rules laid down in the implementing decree

At Pulaski Park there is a sign on Thursday with the text 'Fields are closed for group play'. The mayor is also considering closing parks and playgrounds across the city if New Yorkers fail to comply with the rules laid down in the implementing decree

At Pulaski Park there is a sign on Thursday with the text ‘Fields are closed for group play’. The mayor is also considering closing parks and playgrounds across the city if New Yorkers fail to comply with the rules laid down in the implementing decree

People play basketball on Thursday at Pulaski Park in the Bronx

People play basketball on Thursday at Pulaski Park in the Bronx

People play basketball on Thursday at Pulaski Park in the Bronx

A man trains Thursday wearing a mask on a basketball court in Pulaski Park

A man trains Thursday wearing a mask on a basketball court in Pulaski Park

A man trains Thursday wearing a mask on a basketball court in Pulaski Park

Pieces of major streets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx will be temporarily closed to car traffic as part of a pilot program running from March 27 to March 30 to provide more social distance.

The four streets function as pedestrian corridors during this period and are closed to cars from 10am to 7pm during the four-day test.

It is hoped that by clearing the streets for pedestrians, fewer New Yorkers will congregate in the parks.

If the trial is successful, more closures will be rolled out.

People were portrayed exercising, walking their dogs and sunbathing at Domino Park, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

People were portrayed exercising, walking their dogs and sunbathing at Domino Park, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

People were portrayed exercising, walking their dogs and sunbathing at Domino Park, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

On Thursday, herds of New Yorkers were seen - some distant and some definitely not - enjoying the weather in the city parks

On Thursday, herds of New Yorkers were seen - some distant and some definitely not - enjoying the weather in the city parks

On Thursday, herds of New Yorkers were seen – some distant and some definitely not – enjoying the weather in the city parks

People on the Williamsburg coastline in Brooklyn. A statewide order has mandated that all non-essential workers should stay at home and residents should be allowed to exercise, eat, or for medical reasons.

People on the Williamsburg coastline in Brooklyn. A statewide order has mandated that all non-essential workers should stay at home and residents should be allowed to exercise, eat, or for medical reasons.

People on the Williamsburg coastline in Brooklyn. A statewide order has mandated that all non-essential workers should stay at home and residents should be allowed to exercise, eat, or for medical reasons.

People practice Thursday in McCarren Park, Brooklyn. Officials have told people to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other to slow the outbreak

People practice Thursday in McCarren Park, Brooklyn. Officials have told people to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other to slow the outbreak

People practice Thursday in McCarren Park, Brooklyn. Officials have told people to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other to slow the outbreak

The Blasio had previously committed to closing a maximum of two streets per street to make more space available for pedestrians. Although he has not yet done so, this could be the next step.

The increasingly stringent steps come after New York state governor Andrew Cuomo beat New Yorkers on Sunday for ignoring social distance guidelines.

Cuomo shared how he visited New York City on Saturday and found that parks were overrun by people.

“There is a density in New York City that is completely inappropriate,” said the governor.

Domino Park, Williambsurg: Some practiced social distance and followed official advice to go outside to exercise, but for others, a global pandemic was clearly far from them

Domino Park, Williambsurg: Some practiced social distance and followed official advice to go outside to exercise, but for others, a global pandemic was clearly far from them

Domino Park, Williambsurg: Some practiced social distance and followed official advice to go outside to exercise, but for others, a global pandemic was clearly far from them

McCarren Park, Brooklyn: Officials muffle taking a tougher line and shut the parks down completely if people don't follow the rules. De Blasio said he will call about the park closings on Saturday

McCarren Park, Brooklyn: Officials muffle taking a tougher line and shut the parks down completely if people don't follow the rules. De Blasio said he will call about the park closings on Saturday

McCarren Park, Brooklyn: Officials muffle taking a tougher line and shut the parks down completely if people don’t follow the rules. De Blasio said he will call about the park closings on Saturday

“You would think there was nothing to worry about in certain parts of New York City. You would think it was just a bright sunny Saturday.

“I don’t know what I’m saying people don’t get. I don’t know what they don’t understand. This is not ordinary life. None of this is life as usual. ‘

He accused New Yorkers of being “arrogant” for ignoring the home order, designed to slow the spread of the virus across the state.

“This is just a mistake. It is a mistake. It’s insensitive, arrogant, self-destructive, disrespectful to other people, and it has to stop. It has to stop now, “he insisted.

“This is not a joke and I am not joking.”

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