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Parks reopen as Stanislaus County remains in widespread COVID-19 tier

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The California Department of Public Health has given the greenlight for parks and playgrounds to reopen statewide, regardless of what tier the counties are in currently.

The authorization was granted Monday and is only for outdoor parks and playgrounds. It also comes with a lengthy list of rules designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Playgrounds that are allowed to open must be fully outdoors, free to enter and use, and publicly accessible.

Visitors to outdoor community playgrounds must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
  2. Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.
  3. Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
  4. Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.

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These 164 California State Parks Have Reopened To Visitors

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CALIFORNIA — Nature lovers, rejoice: Californians looking to escape the tumultuous news cycle can now find refuge in any of the 164 state parks that have reopened to the public, including parking lots.

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom temporarily closed all beaches and state parks to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Now, as the state reopens, dozens of the state's 280 parks are welcoming back visitors, but with new limitations.

The state encourages people to visit the webpage of the park they plan to visit before heading out, since many have limited parking and other new guidelines in place.

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