For Immediate Release: 3/17/2020
California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System: Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches remain open.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.
Most importantly, State Parks recommends that everyone follow precautionary guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, public local health agencies, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when recreating in the outdoors.
Last week, State Parks temporarily suspended guided tours and large events, and temporarily closed facilities such as visitor centers and museums.
State Parks is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts, please follow State Parks on its social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Dear Community Members,
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Esalen Institute Community Liaison, Big Sur Fire, Monterey County Sheriff and the Community Association of Big Sur met today to check in and where possible, coordinate our organizational efforts to help sustain the Big Sur community during the global pandemic.
In an effort to be proactive in addressing community concerns at the onset of this emerging public health crisis, leadership from the community non-profits above met to reconnect lines of communication established during past incidents. It is important to note that as of this moment, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Big Sur planning area.
At this time, it is suggested that community members:
- Stock up on basic food supplies and prescriptions.
- Reach out to your neighbors to check on their status.
- Wash your hands and maintain social distancing.
- Remember our local stores are stocked saving a trip to town.
We also recommend utilizing reliable official sources of information to base your decision making on such as the following links:
Big Sur Fire Chief Matt Harris has asked Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leaders Martha Karstens and Hal Latta request their members to conduct neighborhood outreach to establish who in Big Sur is sheltering in place and their current needs. CERT may play an important support role as issues from this event emerge.
As this global emergency unfolds, the leadership group that met yesterday will continue to collaborate, provide updates and when appropriate take actions to help support the Big Sur community.
Butch Kronlund Community Association of Big Sur. Kirk Gafill Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Matt Harris Big Sur Fire, Sharen Carey Big Sur Health Center, Lacy Shannon Esalen Institute Community Liaison