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 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