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The health order means residents can drive to inland parks such as the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve seen here, beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Beaches and parking areas closed.
The health order means residents can drive to inland parks such as the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve seen here, beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Beaches and parking areas closed. Photo: ARRP Google Business page photo.

Soco Residents Can Drive To Inland Parks Beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020
No Beaches, No playgrounds

May 12, 2020

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Sonoma County’s health officer today further eased restrictions on outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing an order that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities.

West county Regional Trail in Forestville has many destinations. Photo: facebook.com/pg/sonomacountyregionalparks/photos

The health order means residents can drive to inland parks beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches but allows coastal residents to walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours.

The directive by Dr. Sundari Mase is the latest easing of a full parks closure ordered in late March when record numbers of visitors traveled to parks despite calls to shelter in place. Two weeks ago, Mase softened the closure to let residents use only those parks they could walk or bike to from their homes.

“I feel comfortable reopening some parking lots and recreation areas as long as we remain diligent about hygiene, social distancing and face coverings,”Dr. Sundari Mase said.

Click on image to view larger downloadable graphic. Mase’s order requires park visitors practice social distancing and wear face coverings if they come within 6 feet of other visitors. Image: nrpa.org

“Sonoma County residents have made an extraordinary effort to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Still, we must all continue to do our part and protect the progress we’ve made.”

Mase’s order requires park visitors practice social distancing and wear face coverings if they come within 6 feet of other visitors. It also encourages park users to limit their travel by continuing to walk or bike to parks near their homes.

The order allows park managers to determine on a park-by-park basis if they can open tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts and other shared sports facilities in compliance with social distancing restrictions. Those rules limit use to a single individual or members of the same household. Under the previous order, park use was restricted to walking, hiking, jogging, bicycling, and fishing.

Playgrounds remain closed. Photo: Flickr - (CC BY 2.0)Facilities that encourage gatherings or have frequently touched surfaces remain closed. These include playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, drinking fountains and barbecues.

“We’re very pleased more residents will be able to reach their parks for essential exercise,” said Susan Gorin, chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “The loosened restrictions mean our collective effort to slow the virus’ transmission is working. But as we enjoy parks, we must be vigilant about protecting ourselves and others. Please use parks close to home, wear a face mask when social distancing isn’t possible, and follow new rules meant to keep us all safe.”

Wander among the oaks at Foothill Regional Park in Windsor. Photo: facebook.com/pg/sonomacountyregionalparks/photos

The health order applies to all parks, trails and recreation areas in Sonoma County, including those managed by private organizations.

“This public health emergency is going to continue into the foreseeable future, and the parks and services we provide are going to be increasingly critical for maintaining the physical and mental health of our community,” said Bert Whitaker, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks. “We’re pleased to be helping residents get back to their parks.”

Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma. Photo: facebook.com/pg/sonomacountyregionalparks/photos

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A couple enjoying Spring Lake regional park in Santa Rosa. Photo: facebook.com/pg/sonomacountyregionalparks/photos

 

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Nueva orden de salud expande el acceso a parques

Se permite conducir a parques en el interior pero las áreas de estacionamiento en playas permanecen cerradas.

La oficial de salud del condado de Sonoma hoy redujo aún más las restricciones de recreación al aire libre durante la pandemia de Covid-19 al emitir una Orden que permite que las agencias de parques reabran algunos estacionamientos e instalaciones deportivas.

La orden de salud indica que los residentes pueden conducir a parques del interior a partir del miércoles 13 de mayo de 2020. La Orden mantiene cerradas las áreas de estacionamiento de la costa de Sonoma para evitar el aglomeramiento en las playas, pero permite a los residentes costeros caminar o ir en bicicleta a los parques cercanos durante horas limitadas.

La directiva de la Dra. Sundari Mase es la más reciente reducción de restricciones tras el cierre completo de parques ordenado a fines de marzo, cuando un número récord de visitantes viajó a los parques a pesar de los llamados a refugiarse en casa. Hace dos semanas Mase redujo las restricciones permitiendo a los residentes usar solo aquellos parques a donde podían llegar caminando o en bicicleta.

“Me siento cómoda reabriendo algunos estacionamientos y áreas de recreación, siempre y cuando nos mantengamos diligentes con respecto a la higiene, el distanciamiento social y las cubiertas faciales,” dijo Mase. “Los residentes del condado de Sonoma han hecho un esfuerzo extraordinario para frenar la propagación del virus Covid-19. Aun así, todos debemos continuar haciendo nuestra parte y protegiendo el progreso que hemos logrado.”

La Orden de Mase requiere que quienes visiten los parques practiquen distanciamiento social, usen cubiertas faciales si se encuentran a menos de 6 pies de otros visitantes y también invita a las personas a limitar sus viajes al continuar caminando o llegando en bicicleta a los parques cerca de sus hogares.

La Orden permite que los administradores de parques determinen, parque por parque, si pueden abrir canchas de tenis, baloncesto, campos de disco de golf y otras instalaciones deportivas compartidas en cumplimiento de las restricciones de distanciamiento social, que limitan el uso a un solo individuo o miembros del mismo hogar. Según la orden anterior, el uso de parques se limitaba a caminar, trotar, andar en bicicleta y pescar.

Las instalaciones que permiten reuniones o que tienen superficies que se tocan con frecuencia permanecerán cerradas. Estas incluyen parques infantiles, parques para perros, equipos de gimnasio al aire libre, áreas de picnic, fuentes para beber y espacios para realizar barbacoas.

“Estamos muy contentos de que más residentes puedan ir a sus parques para hacer ejercicios esenciales,” dijo Susan Gorin, presidenta de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Sonoma. “Las reducción de restricciones significa que nuestro esfuerzo colectivo para frenar la transmisión del virus está funcionando.” Pero a medida que disfrutamos de los parques, debemos estar atentos para protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás. Utilice los parques cerca de casa, use una mascarilla facial cuando no sea posible el distanciamiento social y siga las nuevas reglas destinadas a mantenernos a todos seguros.”

La orden de salud se aplica a todos los parques, senderos y áreas de recreación en el condado de Sonoma, incluidos esos administrados por organizaciones privadas.

“Esta emergencia de salud pública continuará en el futuro previsible y los parques y servicios que brindamos serán cada vez más críticos para mantener la salud física y mental de nuestra comunidad,” dijo Bert Whitaker, Director de Parques Regionales del Condado de Sonoma. “Nos complace ayudar a los residentes a regresar a sus parques.”

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