Sourced directly from Regional Parks Newsletter:
Thank you for your continued support and your efforts to keep yourself and others safe.
Good news: Sonoma County's health officer has issued a modified health order that opens coastal parks for lower-risk recreation, including hiking, walking, running, fishing, surfing and other water sports, as well as for sunbathing and simply relaxing on the beach.
The order means driving to Sonoma Coast parks and trails is allowed, so we have reopened parking lots and restored daytime visiting hours at parks like Doran Beach, Gualala Point and Pinnacle Gulch (pictured above).
Because this public health emergency is continuing into the future and the general shelter-in-place order is still in effect, we are asked to continue limiting our activities and our exposure to others. Here are some guidelines for visiting Sonoma Coast beaches – and all of our Regional Parks:
- Be aware of the potential for crowding, especially on weekends and warm days. In the summer, Doran's parking lot can fill with visitors by late morning.
- Plan to visit on days that aren't as busy or during non-peak hours. Have an alternate plan in case the beach or park you want to visit is crowded.
- Carry a face covering and wear it when you come within 6 feet of others who aren’t in your household.
- Bring your own water bottles. Don't use drinking fountains.
- Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer with you.
- Campgrounds, barbecues and picnic areas remain closed.
- Sunbathing and relaxing on the beach are OK, but group gatherings are not yet allowed.
Reopening the beaches is a milestone for our community – we know many people have waited patiently for this day. We’re committed to keeping coastal parks open this summer, and we appreciate the public’s support for health guidelines meant to protect us all.