Too many people who are flocking to Seattle area parks and other places like Snoqualmie Falls to avoid going stir crazy are ignoring social distancing precautions.
Police have been forced to disband large groups at places like Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill and Alki Beach. People are also ignoring the closure of all active recreation facilities like playgrounds and basketball courts.
The city is already discussing the possibility of completely closing all parks if people continue to disregard distancing safety measures. Stiff fines and potentially jail time would be imposed on anyone ignoring park closures if they are shut down.
We need to maintain access to parks so we have a place to get outside in these stressful times! Don’t ruin it for everyone. Keep your distance from other people at all times.
What you can do:
King County Parks and Seattle Parks & Rec have issued new rules for county and city parks in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Parks remain open to the public and people are encouraged to get outside to exercise and enjoy nature. Just make sure you keep social distancing in mind and avoid park areas where bottlenecks may force people close together.
Some park ammenities are now closed until further notice. These include playgrounds, picnic shelters, and all active recreation areas like sports courts and ball fields. You can see the full announcement here.
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Things are pretty weird in Seattle and across the country these days because of the coronavirus. No concerts. No professional sports. Schools and libraries are closed. Everyone who can is working from home. We’ve all learned to be expert handwashers. I’m 58-years-old and I’ve never seen anything like this.
A lot of people are taking this time to catch up on their Netflix binge watching, or are feeling ambitious and organizing an overstuffed closet. But social distancing doesn’t require you to be completely homebound.
Go to the parks!