To combat the spread of coronavirus, more hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the city of Houston.

Houston City Council approved a $64,000 purchase of hand sanitizer April 1 with the intention of distributing the sanitizer to city-owned facilities and to outreach workers as well as setting up stations where needed throughout the city.

City-run parks remain open, but in another effort to stem transmission of the virus in public space, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city has been removing rims from highly used basketball courts.

“We need people to know this is serious,” he said.