Recreational sites closed at national forests in California to slow coronavirus spread

Recreational sites closed at national forests in California to slow coronavirus spread

March 26, 2020
The Sacramento Bee

The United States Forest Service has closed all its developed recreation sites throughout California to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District also has closed all recreation facilities at its 10 parks and lakes, including campgrounds, visitor centers, boat launches and day-use areas to prevent the further spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19.

The order to close the recreation sites at all 18 national forests in California was issued Wednesday by Randy Moore, forester for the Pacific Southwest Region. He says warm spring weather and the proximity to large city populations like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego has led to an increase of park visitors across the region, even though Gov. Gavin Newsom last week issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

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