California authorities ordered Sunday to close the driveways of the 280 state parks, after visits to these recreation sites increased the previous day despite repeated warnings to Californians to stay home to try to avoid COVID-19 infections.
“On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced the visits that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social / physical distancing practices,” said today in a statement from the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Authorities have already ordered the temporary closure of the camps, museums, visitor centers, and events in these parks, in compliance with the orders of Governor Gavin Newsom to help contain the spread of coronavirus that this Sunday exceeds 5,700 positive cases, and 127 deaths. they had the disease.
The department said in the statement, that “following the closure of vehicle accesses, it will continue to monitor visits and physical distance in all state parks to determine if additional measures will be taken,” such as completely closing all parks, including trails and the bathrooms.
The state measure is in addition to the closing orders taken by local authorities throughout the Golden State, after beaches and trails were crowded with people last weekend.
In San Francisco, the popular Golden Gate Recreation Area, which includes the iconic bridge connecting the city to Marin County, is also closed this weekend.
Los Angeles County closed its beaches, trails and sports facilities, restrooms, and park parking lots to avoid crowds.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has reiterated in his press conferences that if people need to exercise or want to walk their dogs, they should do it in their own neighborhoods, always maintaining social distancing.
In a Twitter message, Garcetti said Sunday that “he needs all Angelenos to respect these orders in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
In the Venice area, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter was seen circling a skate park, announcing that people who did not leave the area would be “arrested for trespassing,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
The main epidemiologist of the Government, Anthony Fauci, said this Sunday, in an interview with CNN, that the deaths in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic, could reach 100,000 and the contagions could be millions.