California campsites close when COVID-19 home ordering begins


Campsites in California’s national and state parks will be temporarily closed when the governor’s home residence policy takes effect in Northern California, the Bay Area, Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California. The regulation, announced on Thursday, sets stricter rules to alleviate the tolls suffered by hospitals in the COVID-19 crisis. Some areas of the state will shut down if the capacity of intensive care units falls below 15%.

California’s state parks will remain open during the day, but they won’t be able to spend the night, the park said in a press release on Friday. Campsites close 24 hours after a region falls below the ICU’s allowable capacity. People with reservations will receive a refund from ReserveCalifornia, the state’s reservation system.

The state’s national parks will remain open, but campsites will also be closed. A spokesman for Abby Wines in Death Valley National Park said campers will have two nights to leave the camp site after the order takes effect. Future bookings would be canceled and accommodation in the park could also be affected.

Five counties in the Bay Area, including the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley, will adopt the new order ahead of Sunday at 10pm to resolve hospitals that are already overcrowded with COVID-19. It is expected to last until January 4th.

In his speech on the sequence, Newsom stressed that walking, hiking, running, skiing and other outdoor activities are vital for people to maintain their mental and physical health. The slopes and beaches are still open, but you can’t congregate with people outside your immediate household. The rules of social distance and wearing masks also remain in place. State parks urge people to prepare for daily visits by bringing disinfectant and soap with them and taking the trash with them when they leave. Some restrooms may not be open and new parking rules may apply – the notice said. Before you get started, check the state parks website to make sure you can expect what to expect.

The order also requires Californians to stay home – allowing only essential travel – and to close indoor and outdoor playgrounds, hairdressers and hairdressers, wineries, card rooms, amusement parks and other businesses and activities. It also restricts hotels and accommodation to cater for basic travelers, restaurants and restaurants to exports only, and stores and shopping malls to 20% capacity.

The order is valid for 21 days after the start of the shutdown. Last week, there were an average of 17,007 new COVID-19 cases per day in California, according to the Times. This represents an increase of 61.6% compared to two weeks ago. You can read more about the current case increases here.