California State Parks Close Their Parking Lots Due to COVID-19 on Monday March 23 2020

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California Soft Closes State Parks to combat the spread of COVID-19 on Monday March 23 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California State Parks would immediately close their parking lots.
California experienced record crowds of people at beaches, parks and trials during this past weekend.
The large amount of people made it difficult to practice Social Distancing during the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
The soft closure falls short of banning people entirely from going to California State Parks.

Governor Newsom remarked, “We need to practice common sense and socially distance. And that means we need to help you help yourself.” Governor Newsom explained, “When you can not even find parking at a beach, it suggests that your not going to practice social distancing. And it may suggest you may want to find a new location. To make it easier for you, we are going to shut down all State Parking Lots.”

Governor Newsom encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors when he said, “I don’t want to close big beautiful open spaces. We are encouraging people to go outside with intention and purpose. Not linger.”

Governor Newsom reminded the community if needed, “There will be some hard closures.”

California Public Health Officials are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks.

Most importantly, the public is being asked not to congregate in the outdoors.

Governor Gavin Newsom March 23 2020 Live Press Conference is Archived at Facebook
Governor remarks about the State Parks is 18 minutes in.

Locally, Laguna Beach closed their City Beaches on Sunday March 22 2020 and Dana Point Closed Cove Beach on Monday March 23 2020.

California State Parks Proactive Measures During COVID-19

California State Parks Are Open

California State Park Beaches

California State Parks Trails

California State Parks Outdoor Areas

Are being cleaned more frequently per recommended protocols
Visitors are advised to bring soap for handwashing and to use alcohol-based sanitizers when water is not available.

California State Parks Closures

California State Park Parking Lots

California State Park Museums

California State Park Visitors Centers

California State Park Cafes

California State Park Campgrounds

California State Park Events

State Park staff are reminding the public about the importance of social distancing

For more information please visit California Department of Parks and Recreation

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