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Lake Poway reopens with restrictions for visitors

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Posted at 8:34 AM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 11:34:04-04

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) — Lake Poway Recreation Area opened to the public Sunday, after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The lake will be open from 9 a.m. to sunset and resume regular hours of 6 a.m. to sunset on Monday, according to the city.

Officials say the following precautions were put in place to open, including:

  • Parking is limited per the county’s public health order to limit the number of people using the recreation area. Parking lots can only open to half capacity.
  • Boating is closed.
  • The lake’s concession store is closed and water fountains are not accessible.
  • The archery range is closed.
  • The Fisherman’s trail (along the shoreline) remains closed as it too narrow to allow social distancing.
  • Most picnic benches are open, with the exception of the pavilion area.
  • Restrooms at the lake are open, however portable restrooms around the lake are closed.

City officials added that visitors must social distance at least six feet and wear a facial covering if they are within anyone not from the same household. Anyone who is experiencing a cough or fever is prohibited from entering any city parks.

Playground structures also remain closed and active sports are limited to people within the same household.

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Though parking lots were closed under the county, Poway says the city has been able to keep most neighborhood parks and trails open during stay-at-home orders.