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La Mesa announces reopening of 'secret stairs'

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:36:15-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) – After being closed by the city in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the La Mesa attraction known as the “secret stairs” was reopened to the public.

The city announced Wednesday that the popular destination near Windsor Drive is open with specific social distancing guidelines in place.

The stairs, widely used as a community trail or exercise route, was shut down on March 24 due to visitors not following social distancing rules.

Despite the closure, some residents told the city that warning signs noting guidelines were being ignored.

With the reopening, city officials are asking visitors to know the following before going to the stairs:

WEAR A MASK: Everyone should wear a mask covering their face at all times while in this public space.

MAINTAIN DISTANCE: Keep physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different households and prevent crowding.

PLAN AHEAD: Visit at times or days that are less crowded.

KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME: Those with underlying medical conditions should avoid public spaces when others are present. Stay home if you are feeling sick.

SHARE OUR SPACE: To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your time. Do not gather at entrances or near neighbors’ homes. Please no groups or fitness classes.

The city is urging visitors to follow the rules “to help ensure these stairs can remain open for use.”

Visitors are also asked to “be respectful of neighbors by keeping noise levels down.”