Social-distancing concerns still present at outdoor spaces as warmer weather approaches, Naugatuck Valley mayors considering closing Riverwalk

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ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus has some people anxious about people ignoring social-distancing, especially at the Riverwalk that stretches from Ansonia to Derby and Shelton.

Saturday was a particularly nice spring day. News 8 was at the popular Riverwalk and saw many people out getting some fresh air, tired of being cooped up in the house. But with the coronavirus outbreak, is being out here safe?

One News 8 viewer we spoke with said no and she’s leading the fight to get the mayors of all three towns to shut down the walking path until the outbreak has run its course.

Katie Pagnano-Copeland of Ansonia says the walking paths are “breeding grounds for the coronavirus.”

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti responded to the push, saying “That’s why I told Mayor Dziekan [of Derby] we’ll give it one week and if I don’t see any improvement and I see the people that are huddled together. And walking in groups, I am shutting it down.”

On Sunday night, Cassetti told News 8 he’s closing the Ansonia section of the Riverwalk effective 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 6.

According to the Naugatuck Valley Health District, there are, so far, 33 positive COVID-19 cases in Ansonia, 19 in Derby, and 84 in Shelton.

Late Sunday night, the mayor of Ansonia, David Cassetti, told News 8 the Ansonia part of The Riverwalk will be shut down starting at 7:30 a.m., Monday, April 6 due to lack of social-distancing by park walkers.

RELATED: Ansonia closes portion of Naugatuck River Greenway Trail to cut down on crowds

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