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Covid-19 Parks Status Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Sonoma County Regional Parks are open during the pandemic, though some park facilities and services remain closed to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. For more information about visiting parks safely, please see the summaries below and refer to these frequently asked questions.

To learn about allowed uses at specific parks, see this parks status list. The list is updated regularly as conditions evolve.

Social Distancing and Face Covering Information

Park visitors must comply with social distancing, hygiene and face covering requirements issued by Sonoma County's health officer:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from others who are not part of your household.
  • Carry a face covering. Coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot stay 6 feet from others, such as when passing others on a trail, using restrooms or speaking to parks staff.
  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptom of Covid-19: a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, unusual headaches, severe fatigue, chills, gastro-intestinal symptoms and lost sense of smell or taste.
  • Do not use drinking fountains. Bring your own water.
  • Some restrooms might not have hand-washing stations. Please carry your own hand sanitizer. 
  • Pack out your litter to reduce the amount of trash parks staff and visitors may come into contact with.  

Camping

The closure of Sonoma County Regional Parks campgrounds has been extended through Jan. 31, 2021 as Sonoma County remains under the stay-home order. Reservations during that period have been cancelled and refunds are being issued. 

Sonoma Coast Beaches

Regional Parks' Sonoma Coast parks are open. Barbecues and picnic areas can be used by an individual or a household group only. Group facilities are closed. Note: Doran Regional Park can experience a high number of weekend visitors. The park entrance will close when day-use parking fills. Plan to arrive by mid-morning or in late afternoon for the best chance of finding parking. 

Recreation Facilities

Closed: Visitor centers, the Spring Lake swimming lagoon, Environmental Discovery Center and other facilities that promote gatherings or feature high-touch surfaces are closed. 

Open: Playgrounds and dog parks are open. Tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, pickleball courts and other shared sports facilities can be used by a single individual, members of the same household or organized groups, leagues, camps or childcare providers who comply with health order and social distancing regulations. 

See this status list for information on closures and allowed uses at specific parks.

Guided Programs and Special Events

Sonoma County Regional Parks has extended the cancellation of in-person programs and events through Feb. 28, 2021. Virtual programming is available. Please see our activities calendar and "Nearby Nature" page for more information.

Barbecues, Picnic Areas, Drinking Fountains

Individual barbecues and picnic sites can be used by an individual or members of the same household. Group barbecues and picnic areas are closed. Drinking fountains are closed. 

Russian River Beaches

Regional Parks' Russian River beaches are open with the following conditions: 

  • Beaches receive a high numbers of summer visitors. Park entrances close when lots fill, so plan to arrive by mid-morning for the best chance of securing parking.
  • Neighborhood parking is not advised, and parking regulations are strictly enforced.
  • Charter bus access, including drop off/pick up is not allowed. 
  • Large gatherings are not allowed. 
  • Alcohol is not allowed at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access, Sunset Beach and Guerneville River Park.
  • Guerneville River Park is open for walk-in/bike-in access only.

Additional Information

For more information about Sonoma County's shelter-in-place health order and other Covid-19 emergency resources, visit SoCoEmergency.org

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