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California State Parks to close vehicle access to all 280 parks amid coronavirus concerns

California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 29, 2020 2:08 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2020 2:54 PM

KHSL - California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They announced this on Sunday, March 29 as they say they observed a surge of park visitation on Saturday that "made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices." 

As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.

To date, the department has implemented various safety measures such as temporarily closing all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers in the State Parks System; canceling all events; and closing vehicular traffic at certain parks and beaches, and fully closing others.

State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing at all state park units, and if the safety measures implemented thus far are not sufficient to protect public health, additional measures may be taken to fully close parks, including trails, bathrooms and other amenities.

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