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San Diego to reopen three reservoirs for fishing, exercise, and boating

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Posted at 4:49 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:56:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The City of San Diego is reopening three of its reservoirs for certain activities Friday and Saturday.

The city will reopen its Miramar and Murray reservoirs Friday, followed by the Lower Otay Reservoir on Saturday.

The reservoirs will reopen for walking, jogging, cycling, fishing and boating during normal business hours.

Those who go to the reservoirs for recreation are asked to observe COVID-19 preventative measures, including mandates for facial coverings and physical distancing.

According to the city, new protocols are in place:

  • restrooms will be cleaned every two hours
  • parking lot capacity will be reduced by 50% to maintain physical distancing
  • compliance with public health orders, including facial coverings and physical distancing, will be monitored with an "education-first" focus

“As we continue to reopen safely and responsibly, we’re looking to expand recreational opportunities for San Diegans eager to stretch their legs or take their boat out on the lake,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The mayor added, “We’ve reopened neighborhood parks and beaches, and San Diegans continue to stay classy. Now we’re going to take the next step by opening reservoirs for fishing, boating and exercise with new protocols in place to keep everyone safe.”

Four other city reservoirs -- El Capitan, Hodges, San Vicente and Upper Otay -- are being evaluated for potential reopening at a future date. Barrett and Sutherland reservoirs are slated to remain closed all year.