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DoranBeach3189Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, ordered the closure of all parks in Sonoma County. The order went into effect on March 24 and did not list an end date. 

The order comes after too many people crowded Sonoma County beaches, parks and trails. According to a county press release, visitors failed to practice social distancing. 

The closure applies to all parks and recreational spaces in Sonoma County. 

Sonoma County's F.A.Q. lists locations where residents can still walk and other information about the closure. 

(Image: Doran Beach. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.)

“Closing parks is a difficult decision, but it is the right decision at this time,” said Dr. Sundari Mase. “Allowing crowded conditions in parks is not in our best interest during this health crisis. The best action we can take is to stay close to home and limit our outdoor time to our yards and neighborhoods.”

Residents are still allowed to walk or bike around their neighborhood. Health officials also suggest that people find alternative ways to exercise indoors or in their yards. 

“We know that spending time outside is essential to our health, but too many people using the parks makes social distancing difficult,” said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “We all need to follow the health order and stick close to home for our outdoor activities. If we change our actions now, we slow the spread of this disease sooner than later.”  

 

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