TOPANGA CANYON—Topanga State Park joined the list of locations imposing new health and safety guidelines for visitors. The new measures were listed via an update on May 23.
“It is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household,” the update reads. “Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
The park encouraged visitors to stay close to home — walk or bike to the park.
As part of avoiding the spread of COVID-19 outdoors, the guidelines ask visitors to stay active (walking, jogging, hiking and biking), as well as maintain a 6 feet distance from other groups. Wearing face masks or covers, when unable to maintain distance from others and is highlighted in the new guidelines.
Topanga State Park’s Musch Trail campground will remain closed closed until further notice. Campgrounds, as well as special events and filming, are to remain closed or be cancelled statewide.
The park announced that the Lower Topanga parking lot would now be open from 8 a.m until sunset, with limited capacity. The Trippet Ranch and Dead Horse parking lots were already open.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation, also known as California State Parks, issued a press release on May 20 with guidelines for parks throughout the state to reference as they gradually reopen.
The Department of Parks and Recreation also noted that the department “will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing across the state park system and if unsafe conditions develop, park units may close again.”