No bathrooms, drinking fountains at local parks

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The playground at Mount Shasta City Park sits empty on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by caution tape. The Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District has closed all its facilities, although open spaces and trails are still open for people to enjoy while practicing social distancing guidelines.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District has closed its facilities and canceled all programs until further notice.

“While open spaces and trails remain open, all playgrounds and restrooms are closed, said MSRPD Administrator Shannon Shaw, adding that those who are using the City Park and Shastice Park should follow social distancing guidelines, including:

• Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.

• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails, and make a conscious effort to avoid potentially contaminated surfaces.

• Prepare for unavailable restrooms and water fountains.

• While on trails, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let them pass.

• Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.

• Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.

“We are lucky to live in a rural community that allows us to enjoy open spaces with minimal public interaction, and we will keep parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so,” said Shaw. “We take the safety and health of our community and staff very seriously and hope that our actions will help to limit the spread of this virus.”