Published on : Monday, June 1, 2020
Visitors of Marin County parks, beaches and open space preserves have been given the permission to drive and park in the venues starting Tuesday, June 2. The parking restrictions are being lifted as a part of the efforts undertaken to reopen facilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as the coronavirus related situation gradually steps towards a better condition.
On Friday, Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer, Marin County issued a new public health order that lifts previous restrictions on motorized access to parks and beaches in Marin. The latest order takes over a previous one as published on May 15 and gives cities the authority to limit or prohibit motorized access wherever applicable and appropriate. However, park facilities with high-touch equipment or places that encourage gathering like playgrounds, gym equipment and picnic areas, will continue to remain closed.
As park restrictions are slowly eased, the facial coverings order continues to remain in effect. Usage of masks or any similar face covering is mandatory. The health department has also constantly encouraged frequent handwashing and usage of hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. The county has also limited unnecessary travel around the region and the greater Bay Area.
Any individual showing even mild symptoms of illness has been advised to stay at home. People have also been ordered to maintain social distancing measures and observe a physical distance of at least six feet from someone outside a person’s own household. Officials have also mentioned that residents should verify the status of local parks and remaining restrictions with their local jurisdictions. Restrictions on the use of short-term lodging facilities, such as vacation rentals, timeshares, hotels and other lodging facilities rented for 30 days or less also continue to stay in force.