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Tonica reopens village park, with social-distancing restrictions

TONICA — Tonica’s park is reopening, with family reunions and gatherings of 10 or more people not allowed, and social-distancing rules in place, including at the shelters.

Village President Kevin Sluder on May 4 told the village board he receives Illinois Municipal League updates, and a recent one gave the mayors or village officials the right to reopen parks and while maintaining social-distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sluder told the board people already have been going to the park and playing tennis on nice days. He wants to allow people to play tennis. Whether baseball and softball games will be allowed will be determined at a District 20 Little League meeting, a village employee told the mayor.

Village trustee Tom Goskusky asked the mayor if he would allow kids to use the swings, and he said yes. When Goskusky asked if the village was going to provide a massive supply of alcohol wipes, the mayor and trustee Bob Folty said the village will make sure there’s soap in the restrooms.

Sluder said during the meeting he believes people are about to rebel if they aren’t allowed to get out.

“Let adults be adults,” he said of allowing people to make decisions to go to the park and practice social distancing.

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