County health officers have affirmed that spending time in parks is beneficial for health, disease prevention, and mental stress relief. (see video in this section and below).Current state and local health orders allow for “outdoor recreation activities” as an “essential activity” as long as park visitors wear face masks and keep the 6-foot social distance.
SAFETY RULES & GUIDELINES IN PARKS
Help us keep the Regional Parks safe by cooperating with the statewide health orders and park rules.
BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE PARKS
WHILE AT THE PARKS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1: How can the public help keep parks open and safe?
A: The Regional Parks have been very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic and Shelter-In-Place order as people are looking to get outdoors for exercise and stress relief. We are proud that the Regional Parks are well-loved and seen as essential to health and wellness. However, we need YOUR HELP to keep parks open, safe, and clean!!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP include:
Q2. Why do I need to wear a face mask in parks and on trails?
A: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings /masks in public settings where social distancing of 6 feet is difficult to maintain. The face mask can protect the wearer from becoming infected. It can also prevent transmission by the wearer who may have the virus but don’t know they have it.
The face masks don’t need to be medical grade. According to the CDC, cloth face coverings will work. They should cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly but comfortably; be secured with ties or ear loops. They should include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing, and can be laundered, and machine dried without damage or shrinkage. A bandanna folded into several layers is adequate.
Wearing a face mask does not replace social-distancing measures. Keep a distance of six feet from other park users.
Q3: How do I maintain social distance on narrow trails?
A: All trail users, please cooperate by stepping aside, with 6 feet of space, to let each other pass.
Wear a face mask on trails to protect yourself and others from the virus. See Q2.
On narrow or crowded trails, walk single file and consider backtracking to a wider area to allow other trail users to pass safely. Runners and cyclists who "more forcefully expel airborne particles" please take extra steps to avoid exposing others. Wear a face mask and slow down to maintain 6-foot social distancing.
Q4: How do I maintain social distance at staging areas and parking lots?
A: At busy parking lots and staging areas, visitors may need to take turns getting out of cars to maintain the 6-foot distance. This includes waiting and stepping aside when entering trails and parkland areas at busy or crowded entry points. Wear face masks to protect yourselves and others.
Parks Are Essential - Enjoy them Safely - Jan. 7, 2021, 1m:00s NEW
County Health Officers: Public Service Announcements
Dr. Erica Pan, MD: Alameda County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (English) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Aaron Chapman, MD: Mental Health Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (Spanish) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
COVID-19 Safety Requirements in Parks
Visitor Information: COVID-19 - Apr. 9, 2020, 0m:30s
Carry Out ALL Trash - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
NO Picnicking, NO Groups - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
6-foot Distancing - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
NBC Bay Area: How EBRPD is Keeping Parks Open and Safe During the Pandemic - Aug. 11, 2020, 23m:00s
NBC Bay Area: Wellness & Access for All in Regional Parks - Jul. 2, 2019, 6m:25s