New restrictions imposed after San Mateo County beaches and parks see ‘record visitation’

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New restrictions have been imposed at San Mateo County beaches and parks in the wake of “record visitation last weekend” that officials say made it impossible for the public to practice adequate social distancing practices.

On Monday, parking lots at state beaches closed to vehicles with the aim of reducing crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Effective today, a number of parking lots providing beach access in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay have also closed. San Mateo County Parks has closed restrooms, playgrounds, all picnic areas, and visitor centers at all county parks. Flood Park, Friendship Park, Memorial Park, Sanchez Adobe and Woodside Store are completely closed. A full list of guidelines, modifications and parking lot closures are posted at parks.smcgov.org. Information on state parks can be accessed here: parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Park visitors are meanwhile being asked to practice social distancing

“We need to make every possible effort to avoid contact with each other,” San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow said. “As for outdoor exercise, do this in your own immediate neighborhood, maintaining social distance from other people. Do not go into other neighborhoods, parks, or beaches for recreation. Do not drive except to provide or obtain an essential service.”

For more information related to COVID-19, visit the County website here.

Parking Lot Closures Effective Today, Pacifica and Half Moon Bay

  • Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar Beach) north and south lots
  • Parking lots in front of and behind the Pacifica Community Center
  • Rockaway Beach north and south lots • Council Chambers lot on Beach Boulevard
  • Beach Boulevard parking south of the Council Chambers
  • Fisherman’s Lot in the 800 block of Palmetto Avenue
  • Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay
  • Redondo Beach, Half Moon Bay
  • 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay

Photo credit: County of San Mateo

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