San Mateo County Parks closed all 23 parks at 6 p.m. today until further notice in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A "surge" in visitors last weekend amid the shelter-in-place order prompted the decision. "During the past 11 days, park staff observed many visitors ignoring the Shelter In Place Order by driving to parks, congregating in groups and not maintaining six-feet of social distancing," the County said in a statement. “The decision to close parks is not easy, especially now when people are looking for outdoor experiences, but the safety of San Mateo County residents must always be a priority," San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon said. Entrance gates are locked and "Park Closed" signs are posted at park and trail entrances, and park staff will be patrolling the parks.

San Mateo County Parks open more drop-in picnic sites

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San Mateo County announced Tuesday the opening of additional drop-in picnic areas in seven County parks, with guidelines on how small groups can gather safely outdoors. The County is also offering free vehicle entrance into open parks as an outdoors alternative to Black Friday shopping.

Drop-in picnic sites are open for use without reservations or fees at Friendship Park, Coyote Point Recreation Area, Junipero Serra Park, Flood Park, Quarry Park, San Pedro Valley Park and San Bruno Mountain Park.

“The sites provide an outdoor alternative for up to three households to see each other while also maintaining physical distance and wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” park officials said.

Here are rules, per County officials:

  • Small in size: No more than 3 households (at separate tables) and no more than 30 people
  • Short in length: Visits should last no longer than 2 hours
  • Stable: Don’t participate in multiple gatherings with different households

For more information, visit the County Parks website here.

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