For Immediate Release

Public advisory on the status of Sonoma County Regional Parks

Non-essential services suspended; parks to remain open during health order

Santa Rosa, CA  –  March 17, 2020  –  Regional Parks on March 18, 2020 is suspending all non-essential services in compliance with County of Sonoma health guidelines to prevent the community spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). This status is in effect through April 7, 2020 or until extended, rescinded, superseded or amended.

All parks, trails and beaches remain open so the community can engage in self-directed outdoor exercise (hiking, walking, biking) while following social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines. Parking fees are waived until further notice.

  • All campgrounds are closed. All reservation fees will be automatically refunded. Reservation services for future dates are on hold as staff notify campers and process refunds.
  • Individual and group picnic areas are closed.
  • Playgrounds, parcourse facilities, sports fields and athletic courts are closed.
  • Organized recreation, education and volunteer outings are suspended.
  • Indoor facilities and visitor centers are closed.
  • Regional Parks’ office is closed to walk-in customers. The processing of park membership sales is suspended so staff can support essential operations.
  • Marinas are closed to the public, with essential services only for commercial boats.
  • Off-leash dog parks are open, with dog owners asked to adhere to social distancing.

When visiting the parks, we ask you to please: 

  • Follow guidance on personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
  • Observe the minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other visitors as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence to allow proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that you may find park restrooms out of hand sanitizer or soap. Be prepared before you leave home and time outings so that you are not dependent on park restrooms. Carry your own sanitizer or soap as a precaution. If you do use park restrooms, limit occupancy to one person at a time.
  • Bring your own water — park drinking fountains should not be used at this time.
  • Leave no trash, take everything out with you to help keep parks clean and to protect park workers.

We ask you to follow these recommendations to support the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your cooperation. 

For the latest information about the coronavirus in Sonoma County and advice from health experts on prevention and care, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit SoCoEmergency.org. Updates and videos are also on the County of Sonoma Facebook page and Twitter feed @countyofsonoma.

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