Many Recreation Areas Still Closed For Memorial Day

Megan Goldsby
May 23, 2020 - 3:00 am

    With Memorial Day approaching, California officials are reminding the public that shelter in place restrictions are still in effect.

    “Currently all state campgrounds sites in the state parks system are fully closed until further notice,” says Gloria Sandoval with California State Parks, even as some parking lots and trails have reopened. Some campsites are open within California that are managed by other agencies, such as the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

    “For those individuals that do want to venture in the outdoors, we are asking them to plan ahead of time,” says Sandoval. That includes double checking closures, planning for parking and bringing masks with you. Some recreation areas may have additional restrictions in place. For example, many beaches are not allowing coolers.

    Meanwhile, people have been getting creative with other ways to get outdoors such as camping in your backyard.

    “Right now I think barbecuing is a little bit more of a thing to try to be outside without going all the way to camping or backcountry of any kind,” says James Dong, who owns Last Minute Gear in San Francisco’s Mission District, where many people do not have their own backyards. 

    While he has reopened for curbside service, Dong says business has been slow. “Not anything near what it might have been like if we didn’t have coronavirus. Maybe a handful of customers.”

    He says he is grateful to loyal customers who have bought gift cards or ordered tents and packs for future trips.

    “If you have downtime right now, I think it’s really nice to plan some really epic adventures that can happen some period of time out in the future.”