One person referred to the circles as "human parking spots."

By Travel + Leisure
May 20, 2020
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This story originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com by Alison Fox.

A New York City park recently took social distancing to the next level by drawing circles several feet apart for people to sit inside. (Related: What Are the Psychological Impacts of Social Distancing?)

The circles appeared in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. People stretched, lounged in the warming weekend weather, and read, each within their own individual circle on the waterfront turf lawn. The circles were painted in white chalk on Friday morning and measure eight feet in diameter and are six feet apart, a spokesperson for the park confirmed to Travel + Leisure.

A park-goer, who referred to the circles as “human parking spots” on Twitter, told the New York Post, “if you were to take video footage from the world today and show it to someone from 2019, they would think it was from some near-future Hollywood dystopian television show instead of real life.”

Domino Park was built on the waterfront on the land adjacent to the former Domino Sugar Factory, first constructed in 1856. Beyond eye-catching views of the skyline, the park normally features a dog run and beach volleyball court. During COVID-19, however, the park has been relegated to more solo activities. (Related: A Fitness Instructor Is Leading "Socially Distant Dancing" On Her Street Every Day)

A representative for the park did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Travel + Leisure.

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The emphasis on social distancing comes as New York City has recorded more than 190,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 15,800 deaths, according to the city’s Health Department. While several upstate regions have been allowed to begin reopening, much of New York (including the city) remains under the “New York State on PAUSE” order, which has been in place since March 22.

New Yorkers are also required to wear face masks in public to prevent the spread of the contagious virus, protecting against unintentional transmission from asymptomatic individuals.

Things like team sports are not being allowed in parks, but the city is encouraging people to get out for exercise. (Wait, do you need to wear a face mask while running?)

“You can run, bike, walk your dog, and relax while maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering,” the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation tweeted over the weekend.

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