Playgrounds, basketball courts, shelters reopen in Montgomery County as of Monday


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While government facilities in Montgomery County are still a week away from reopening, several outdoor recreational areas reopened on Monday following closures related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Montgomery County Department of Parks and Recreation says all playgrounds, outside basketball courts, and shelters in Montgomery County — as well as the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg — are back open as of Monday, June 8.

Meanwhile, the reopening of the Blacksburg Community Center, the Blacksburg Aquatic Center, the Christiansburg Recreation Center, and the Christiansburg Aquatic Center is scheduled for Monday, June 15.

However, officials say these facilities will have adjusted hours and operations, will operate by appointment only, and — in the case of the aquatic centers — will only be open for lap swimming and limited programming.

The localities’ municipal buildings — the Montgomery County Government Center, the Blacksburg Municipal Building, and the Christiansburg Town Hall – are also set to reopen on June 15, but officials say social distancing and face coverings will be required.

“While the public is welcome in these facilities, citizens are strongly encouraged to continue using online services when possible,” Montgomery County officials say.

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