Guy who refused to stop playing football scores stay-at-home violation

It’s the first instance of a person getting a citation for violating Denver’s stay-at-home order.
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The basketball court at Washington Park is closed, March 28, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A man who the city said refused to stop playing football at Washington Park is the first -- and to date only -- person to receive a citation for violating the city's stay-at-home order.

A park ranger cited the man on May 1, a week before the order was set to lift, according to city spokesperson Cyndi Karvaski. The man now faces an up to $999 fine.

"He was playing football with another person and refused to stop," Karvaski said in an email. "This was not a park rules citation but a citation in violation of the order."

Under the city's stay-at-home order, people are not allowed to play group sports at city parks. Since going into effect on March 24, the city has cited mostly businesses for violating the order. As of Thursday, the city has issued 31 citations to business for not complying.

The city will transition into a "safer-at-home" policy starting Saturday.

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