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Carmel closes section of Monon Trail, Midtown Plaza

A portion of the Monon Trail will be closed, along with the removal of seating and equipment at the Midtown Plaza.
A police officer in Carmel lets people know part of the Monon Trail is closed over social distancing concerns. (WTHR/Mary Milz)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — The City of Carmel is taking steps to improve social distancing compliance during Indiana's stay-at-home order.

Mayor Jim Brainard has called to close the Monon Trail between Gradle Drive and Main Street. It will closed until further notice.

"I ask for trail users to please practice social distancing on the remaining 230 miles of trails and paths we have in Carmel so that those can remain open," Brainard said in a statement. "It is so important to our mental health to get out and enjoy the fresh air, but we must do so responsibly."

Seating and equipment at the Midtown Plaza is also being removed to deter people from gathering there. People on Wednesday flocked to the Greenway, ignoring social distancing instructions, Brainard said.

Brainard noted the temptation to get outdoors with friends due to the improving weather, but emphasized the importance of avoiding large groups of people during this time.

"Please use caution and practice social distancing for the benefit of us all. If we can power through the quarantine and level the curve of this terrible outbreak, our city will be able to continue its tradition of excellence for years to come," he said.

The city will put up signs to indicate the closures. Carmel Police will enforce the new measures.