April 9, 2020 2:30 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica will temporarily close all parks effective Sunday, April 12 from midnight through 11:59 p.m. The closure of all Saturday and Sunday Farmers Markets is temporary. These closures are in alignment with the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, and other neighboring jurisdictions who have also announced park closures on Sunday, April 12. These closures are in anticipation of increased travel to and use of Santa Monica parks and Farmers Markets over the Easter holiday weekend and ensures the public adheres to the County’s “Safer at Home” Order which requires six feet of physical distance and prohibits group gatherings. The Downtown Farmers Market on Wednesday, April 15 is still planned and will require all customers, vendors and staff to wear protective face covering in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines.
“This is a critical week that requires we take aggressive steps like temporarily closing all parks for a day,” shared City Manager and Emergency Operations Director Rick Cole. “We’re also reluctantly suspending our Farmer’s Markets because we need people to stay home to crush the curve. Lives of loved ones and the ability to reopen our community both depend on bold action now.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s temporary closure of all public beaches, beach bike paths, public trails, and beach access points which requires the closure of Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica’s Beach Bike Path and Ocean Front Walk remains in effect.
For information on COVID-19 in Santa Monica, visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus or call the City of Santa Monica’s coronavirus hotline: (310) 458-8400. Get Santa Monica emergency alerts by texting SMCOVID to 888-777, and sign up for daily COVID-19 updates at santamonica.gov/newsletter.
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