For Immediate ReleaseMay 15, 2020
Coastal parks and locations that encourage congregating still off limits to vehicles
San Rafael, CA – Starting May 18, those who have been sheltering in place will be allowed to drive a vehicle to many Marin County city, town and County-operated parks and trailheads, park nearby, and enjoy a hike, just like pre-pandemic times.
Residents are strongly encouraged to verify the status of local parks and any remaining restrictions with their local jurisdictions. While some parks may be open to motorized access, certain portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering – including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools and barbeque areas – will remain closed.
There will be no loosening of access at some locations that tend to draw larger crowds from across the Bay Area, creating conditions where visitors cannot feasibly comply with social distancing requirements. Facilities that remain closed to motorized access, except for those with state-issued disabled vehicle placards on display, are:
Residents who can access those locations by foot, on a bike, and without any sort of motorized assistance are welcome to responsibly visit them. Owners of vehicles parked near those facilities who do not have a disabled placard clearly displayed are considered in violation of sheltering orders and are susceptible to a parking fine.
While certain aspects of the Parks closure order have been loosened, Marin’s facial coverings order is still in effect, and residents should remain vigilant in limiting the spread of COVID-19 with the following practices:
Marin County Public Health issued its first park closure and parking restriction order March 22 to stem the tide of visitors during the pandemic. Marin’s coastal communities were inundated with visitors, and many of them were not adhering to social distancing guidelines, placing the local population and other visitors at risk of contracting the contagious virus. The initial closure affected more than 18,000 acres managed by Marin County Parks, including dozens of park facilities and open space preserves.
For more about the gradual reopening of Marin County during the pandemic, check www.MarinRecovers.com.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website