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San Diego closes city-owned parks, beaches and trails

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City of San Diego owned parks and beaches are now closed.
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In light of reports of groups at parks and beaches over the weekend, the City of San Diego took action to close all city-operated parks, beaches, trails, boardwalks and bays to further limit public gatherings and slow the spread of COVID-19. Gatherings of any size are prohibited at San Diego’s beaches and parks.

“These are not actions we are taking lightly, but gatherings can spread this dangerous virus. The actions of a few can cost the lives of many,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “People can still go outdoors, but please go outdoors close to home. This is about protecting each other.”

The city of San Diego reservoirs, including Lake Hodges, are closed. While the San Dieguito River Park’s trails and most parking lots exist in more remote parts of the city, the River Park has asked that all patrons follow the closure orders, respect the park, park rules, park rangers and each other.

Following a statewide Stay At Home order issued last week to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell and Lifeguard Division Chief James Gartland reminded San Diegans on March 22 that gatherings of any size are prohibited--"This is not the time for parties,” Gartland said.

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“I am asking all San Diegans to take this virus seriously,” said Police Chief David Nisleit. “Stay home and do not go out unless it is for essential goods. We must all do our part to limit its spread so that we can get through this difficult time.”

When outside, people must continue to maintain a six-foot distance to limit the spread of the virus in the community.

“I am very proud of our personnel. We are fully staffed in all positions and ready to help San Diegans who need us but we need your help as well by staying home as much as possible,” said Stowell. “If you call us, tell the dispatcher about anyone who has flu-like symptoms or is quarantined. Those details are important to our first responders and will help us take the necessary precautions.”

For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

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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 sandiego.gov/coronavirus.


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