California State Parks Set out Guidelines for Enjoying Your Memorial Day Weekend Safely

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner many will want to go outside and enjoy the beginning of summer. Here’s how to enjoy your time outside in a safe way.

The California State Parks Department posted a video today as a reminder and as a teaching tool on how to enjoy your time outside while the stay-at-home oder and other interventions are in effect.

“The most important action you can take is to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet apart from other people,” the video reminds us.

This rule off thumb applies to any time you are outside in public including walking, running, hiking, and biking. The department also reminded visitors to stay home if they are feeling sick and to leave the park if it becomes too crowded. Remember to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, don’t congregate in groups, and do not shake hands. Don’t forget to sanitize with soap and water or bring hand sanitizer on your journey.

New guidelines have also been implemented:

  • Plan Ahead – With 280 park units in the state park system, visitors are advised to visit the webpage of their local outdoor destination before leaving home to find out if it is open, what new visitor guidelines are in effect and if parking is available.
  • Stay Local – Stay close to home. Parking is temporarily very limited or non-existent at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Leave it at Home – The use of coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, BBQs or chairs is not allowed in many park units. Plan ahead.
  • Keep it Moving – Passive recreation (lounging, picnics, sunbathing, etc.) is being restricted where physical distance is a challenge. In those areas, only active recreation (walking, running, biking, boating, kayaking, off-highway riding, etc.) will be allowed. Also, observe one-way trails where they are in place.
  • Stay Safer at 6ft — No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. View Video
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Read the full statement here.

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