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Chula Vista parks remain closed despite San Diego County easing restrictions

Posted at 12:12 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 13:25:04-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Despite San Diego County making changes to its public health order and easing restrictions on parks, Chula Vista parks will remain closed, a city official said.

On Thursday, county officials announced relaxed restrictions on parks, golf courses and recreational boating. However, the county noted that individual cities may have their own restrictions in place.

Chula Vista City Manager Anne Steinberger told 10News Friday the South Bay city will continue the shutdown of its parks. Steinberger also said with COVID-19 cases increasing in the South Bay, Chula Vista "is staying the course" under its own current emergency order.

The city’s website was updated with the following information on parks: “Chula Vista parks, including dog parks, continue to remain closed. This means no picnics, no playing on the playground equipment, no sports activities, no gatherings in any park. You may walk, bicycle or run in your neighborhood park but you must keep moving - no stopping. Park restrooms and parking lots also remain closed. Remember to maintain a six foot social distance between others and wear your face covering.”

In coordination with the county, Chula Vista issued a stay-at-home order for its residents on April 3, with only essential businesses remaining open. The order included the closure of all city parks, rec centers, and beaches.

On April 23, Chula Vista began requiring all citizens to wear face coverings when visiting essential businesses.