Sunday, March 22, 2020

CoViD-19: This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Parks, Beach Lots, Hiking Trails CLOSED

A photo of Crystal Pier from January 2020 -- when we should've been paying better attention to China 
Well, if you caught my post earlier this morning, you know that the issue of getting out of the house was front of brain. But just like alcohol at beaches...people couldn't follow the rules and demonstrated they have no common sense and ruined it for everyone else. The thing that really bums me out is that this is definitely a social equity issue...the wealthy live in these expansive homes and live in traditionally more picturesque areas while us apartment dwellers living on top of each other in sub-1000 square feet in the 'hood are surrounded by freeways and 'buy here pay here' auto lots. Anyway, the City of San Diego is cracking down, as is Cleveland National Forest. County Parks are still accessible for the time being, but I'd recommend checking their site for updates. Twitter updates and full press release are after the jump.

From Torrey Pines Docent Society: All Trails Closed
March 21, 2020   Posted in Trail Conditions
Due to blatant disregard for social distancing TP has been closed, along with most other SD county parks for the same reason. In addition, restrooms have become a health issue.
All trails are subject to closure after a rain for 24 hours. Trail closing reduces man-caused erosion and trail damage. The paved park road (up the hill) may also be closed to vehicular traffic. Nature Walks: when trails are closed Nature Walks are usually cancelled.

City of San Diego:

#COVID19 Update: Gatherings of any size are prohibited at beaches and parks, and parking lots at all city-run beaches and parks are now closed.

Following a statewide “Stay At Home” order issued last week to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, today San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell and Lifeguard Division Chief James Gartland remind San Diegans that gatherings of any size are prohibited at all beaches and parks.

In light of reports of groups at parks and beaches this weekend, the City is closing public parking lots serving all City-operated parks and beaches to discourage gatherings and encourage physical distancing.

“Public health officials are clear that gatherings of any size can lead to the spread of COVID-19, which is why they continue to be prohibited everywhere, including at beaches and parks,” Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell said. “Local and state rules limiting groups have been in effect for days, so this should not be a surprise to anyone.”

“People can still go for a walk or run or bike ride, but they should do it while following physical distancing rules,” said Lifeguard Division Chief James Gartland. “The Stay At Home order makes clear that this is not a time for parties, it’s a time to protect the public health."

More information on the recent state order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempt by the state can be found on the California Covid-19 response website:

For the latest information about the COVID-19 virus, updates on City services and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit

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