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WaterWorks Park owner announces closure

WaterWorks Park has announced it will be closed effective immediately.

Posted: Jul 25, 2020 11:54 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 6:23 PM

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020 - WaterWorks Park has announced it will be closed effective immediately.

Owner Joseph Murphy said this is due to the mandated shut down.

"While we disagree with the Government mandated shut down and believe the steps we have taken to keep our guests safe are more than adequate, we are cooperating with Shasta County Health and Human Services," Murphy said in a press release.

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UPDATE: 11:53 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 - The WaterWorks Park in Redding released a statement Monday after Shasta County authorities cracked down on them for continuing to stay open during the state-mandated Covid-19 closures.

WaterWorks Park owner, Joseph Murphy said they have been working closely with the health officials over the last several months.

"We decided to open two weeks later than normal and have followed all CDC and Covid-19 guidelines," Murphy said in a statement issued Monday. "In the Health Department and Human Services previous statements to the Press, they have said they would work with local businesses to educate and give best practices for Covid-19. With this knowledge, we decided on July 15 to close a full month early from our normal closing date, which is usually Labor Day weekend."

Murphy said they are "surprised and dismayed with the Health and Human Services department's recent decision." He added they will be appealing this decision and closing Aug. 2.

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UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020 - Action News Now reached out to WaterWorks Park in Redding several times on Saturday, but did not receive a response from them about this story.

Reporter Karen Alvarez talked to a representative from the Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency who reconfirmed that under current state guidelines, places like WaterWorks Park are not supposed to be open for business.

Our reporter said she has observed many people at WaterWorks Park who were not social distancing, and were not wearing face masks.

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REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County authorities are cracking down on WaterWorks Park for continuing to stay open during the state-mandated Covid-19 closures.

According to Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency Public Information Officer Jill Haskett, the park reopened June 5, 2020 despite "repeated direction to not open."

Haskett says WaterWorks Park in Redding continues to operate in direct violation of state industry guidance, and she stated in a press release that each day the park is open, large numbers of unrelated people, some from outside the area, gather in the park without social distancing or face coverings.

A letter dated July 10th was sent to WaterWorks Park direction them to close and remain so until state guidance allows operation of water parks. The letter was from the Incident Commander for the Covid-19 Emergency Operations Center and the Shasta County Health Officer.

The letter stated that further action would be considered if the park continued to stay open.

According to Shasta County officials, WaterWorks Park released a letter saying they would not close until August 3, 2020.

The Shasta County Environmental Health Division notified WaterWorks Park that its public pool permit will be summarily revoked on July 27, 2020 due to continued operation in violation of state industry guidance, "being an immediate threat to public health and safety."

Shasta County officials are advising people not to use the WaterWorks Park pool facilities at this time.

Action News Now has reached out to WaterWorks Park for their comments and concerns about this pending closure ordered by Shasta County officials.

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