The entire Swamp Rabbit Trail section within the Greenville city limits will be closed until further notice beginning April 6th as an anti-COVID measure, along with closing down all non-essential businesses in the city and the emergency ordinance requiring social distancing.
The city says this is a necessary public safety measure for the following reasons:
- Trail usage overall is increasing as more residents take advantage of spring weather
- Due to park closures, there is more concentrated pedestrian traffic on open sections of the trail close to downtown
- Most of the City’s trail network is only 11-feet-wide, which does not allow adequate distance between users
- Increased respiration when exercising increases the likelihood of expelling droplets just by breathing
- Full closure of the trail reduces confusion regarding where the public is allowed and makes it easier to follow the guidelines