Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Picnic areas are now closed and group activities in parks are prohibited, the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department announced today.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, all group activities in City parks are prohibited until further notice. This includes use of picnic areas, and is intended to help the public practice safe social distancing during the current statewide stay-at-home order. Park users must refrain from group activities in parks even with groups from the same household or fitness groups, though passive recreation such as walking or running as individuals or in pairs following the minimum six-foot social distance requirement is allowed.

Signs will be posted in parks to explain the picnic site closures and the new policy regarding group activities.

City parks are open during their usual hours of sunrise to one half hour after sunset, with the exception of three lesser-used parks: Franceschi Park, Hilda McIntyre Ray Park, and Skofield Park are closed. When using parks, please continue to practice safe social distancing by keeping a physical distance of at least six feet between yourself and others and moving to allow plenty of room when passing others on lawns or pathways. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often, avoid touching surfaces, and don’t touch your face.

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Marathoner Apr 07, 2020 09:22 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Social distancing can be done in parks, especially a huge park like Scofield. But picnic tables are a magnet for clustering that will lead to cross infections and tie up the ICU beds when we most need them. Smart of SB Parks to close them. People can bring folding chairs and distance.

sbnatv Apr 04, 2020 12:52 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Closing parks, beaches and any public area is unconstitutional AND unhealthy. These are the people's space and no entity has the right to close them. When I need a nanny , I will call mom and not government. Mental and physical well being are of upmost importance at this time, so government demands I obey and locks me in my house? Makes sense? And BTW...after reading comments why the heck is everyone so scared of a virus? The real danger is in economic collapse and the effects therefrom and going insane. We only have now.

Shasta Guy Apr 05, 2020 09:39 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Maybe you should fly to NYC and volunteer in one of the hospitals for the next week. You can take the subway everyday too without fear since it’s just a tiny virus. Come back to SB after your field trip and let us know if we should be doing anything differently as a city.

Chip of SB Apr 04, 2020 09:53 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SBNATV, I agree completely. I think a lot of people fail to realize the economy is essential to human life. Yes, the virus might kill a significant number of people. Economic damage will kill too. In order to have electricity, food, fuel, medicine, hospitals, and even toilet paper, a functioning economy is essential. If you destroy the economy, those things will no longer be available. People will fight, commit suicide, starve to death, die from treatable diseases, start riots, and perhaps even start wars. Do not underestimate the importance of the economy. It’s not just about money. Let me put it this way, how many people are you willing to kill to stop the virus?

x01660 Apr 04, 2020 10:01 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SBNATIV, you write: "And BTW...after reading comments why the heck is everyone so scared of a virus? The real danger is in economic collapse and the effects therefrom and going insane. We only have now." Lemme break it down for you: If people are DEAD, there IS NO economy. And "we only have now"? Really? This is why Greta Thunberg gets pissed with Boomers. Because Boomers have that mentality of "we only have now", and look at the mess the whole world is in. And you LIVE IN SANTA BARBARA. Isn't climate change of concern to you? But I guess it doesn't matter because "we only have now". Jesus, no wonder we're screwed.....

GeneralTree Apr 03, 2020 01:10 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change" -Charles Darwin, 1809

Shasta Guy Apr 03, 2020 12:42 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Per yesterday’s COVID-19 update, Cottage still has 50 ventilators available. When that number goes to 0, how many of us will be kicking ourselves for going outside unnecessarily where other people are a week before then? I’m not taking that chance.

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 01:34 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SHASTA - yes exactly, if there are others we don't go. That's how we have to do it. There's plenty of outdoor space we can visit, we just need to be safe. Not sure why that is so objectionable to so many people here!

Shasta Guy Apr 03, 2020 01:01 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

I agree with you and sympathize too. My “kids” are on the older side with the youngest at 16. I will probably go up to the Playground on W. Camino Cielo to get outside with my son this weekend. If there are more than two cars I’ll turnaround. Perhaps for a beach visit, drive up 101 for one of the isolated spots between here and Gaviota. Just pay attention to the ventilator count when making your plans.

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:48 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Going outside unnecessarily is one thing. Getting outdoors with the kids so they can run on the sand and get some air is necessary for peoples' mental well being. We can do it, just be safe and smart!

Minibeast Apr 03, 2020 12:22 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

The practice of physical distancing will need to be adhered to for months to come. **Embrace it.** Adapt as though your life depended on it. This is, and will be for quite some time———— Our New Reality.

Chip of SB Apr 04, 2020 09:26 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

There is no way physical distancing will be enforced for months. This policy is unsustainable. In NYC burglaries of businesses have nearly doubled already and they are preparing for civil unrest. Some say I am putting the economy ahead of human life. I say, do not underestimate the impact of the economy on human life. The economy is human life, it is the beating heart of civilization. Without it, we are in serious trouble. If you think the virus is dangerous, consider what enforcing isolation for several months would look like and how dangerous that would be. Contemplate how many people died as a result of the Great Depression, and how the depression contributed to or perhaps even caused WWII. We cannot hide from the virus forever, and so far all the countries that were able to suppress the outbreak early on are seeing an explosion of new cases as soon as they relax their isolation measures. I’m not saying it’s wrong to try to slow the spread, but I think we need to be realistic about our approach. Keeping people working and keeping the economy running is absolutely essential to human life. We don’t want to destroy ourselves in a futile attempt to stop the virus.

Shasta Guy Apr 03, 2020 12:11 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SACJON: read the notice completely. You can still go the the parks with your family. They are just closing off the gathering areas like the picnic tables. It could be in a couple weeks that they close the parks too, so enjoy them now.

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:46 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SHASTA - I will start sewing some family uniforms now hahaha! Yeah, this sucks big time, but we can get through it with some common sense adaptations and reasonable closures. March forth!

Shasta Guy Apr 03, 2020 12:28 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Sorry, I didn’t see “from the same [email protected] buried in the second paragraph. We just need a whistle like Captain Von Trapp in the “Sound of Music” and March our families around town in perfect 6’ spacing. We can also learn hand signals like “Band of Brothers” so we don’t release any aerosols by shouting. This whole thing stinks, but we’ll get through it. I can’t wait for the espresso places to open up so I can contemplate over coffee or meet up with friends again.

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:14 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

SHASTA - I have. It says "passive recreation such as walking or running as individuals or in pairs following the minimum six-foot social distance requirement is allowed." It deliberately says "individuals or in pairs." In another press release, I saw language saying this also applied to families, meaning families (groups from the same household) were not allowed to be in the parks. I will contact the City to confirm this though.

hz Apr 03, 2020 12:07 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

also..why expose your family to an asinine cyclist who actually deliberately spat on a woman just yesterday or the day before.there are some nasty people out there...sadly..he was not caught...

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:16 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

HZ - that is awful. that is assault and battery, now with the possibility of passing the virus, that should be reported. I would have "distanced" that a-hole into next week if I saw that!

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:02 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

If my family goes to the beach, or walks in the park, and we avoid all other people (as we've been doing for weeks), then it's still to dangerous? How? And why then, have we not completely shut down everything? If families can't safely maintain a distance from others in a wide open space, then everything needs to be shut down now. No more allowing individuals to run or walk.... they are just as high a risk as a family keeping distance. No. This needs to be all or nothing. That, I can accept. But, saying families are now banned from walking through the park while still allowing individuals or pairs to do so? This is absurd!

racjax Apr 03, 2020 11:57 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

It is amazing how many people can't grasp or refuse to adhere to the 6 foot distancing when walking. And the bicyclists zoom by right next to you!

Shasta Guy Apr 03, 2020 11:46 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

This should have been done two weeks ago. We are entering crunch time when the cases will start to soar. The only way to stop the spread is staying at home except to get groceries, meds, and etc. Now I see why China had squads of heavy handed police enforcing stay at home orders. At first I thought it was just brutish dictatorship policing. Now it appears it was a necessity to keep people from mingling. Watch NYC and New Jersey because they are entering full Wuhan mode over there. If we can’t practice social distancing and stay inside, what happens in NYC will happen here.

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 10:15 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

"even with groups from the same household???" So, I can't go to the park with my family anymore? Why? This is absolutely asinine and going too far. If families can't go to the park or beach even if they all live in the same house, then why have anything open at all? Shut it all down. This kind of absolutism will result in rebellion. I for one, will still be going outdoors to walk in the park with my family. Sorry folks, but families at the beach/park are not the groups to be concerned with!

x01660 Apr 04, 2020 09:37 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

Its getting real now, and you're backtracking ALL of your previous statements from the past week or so. Its fascinating. As if internet history isn't a thing. Flattening the curve isn't about being "reasonable" or comfortable; we're in the middle of a damn pandemic. To stop it, tough, inconveniencing decisions have to be made. And yes; while "he who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither" is still applicable, if people had actually LISTENED and stayed home (instead of "going for a drive") and practiced the social responsibility that is the requisite of all the social rights they claim (right to free assembly specifically), we wouldn't be in this mess. And at least we are doing better than some southeastern states..... STAY HOME!!!

sacjon Apr 03, 2020 12:08 PM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

11:14 - what, besides sand or cement or grass, are "carriers" coming into contact with at the beach? When we go to the beach/park, we walk. We aren't touching playground equipment, we aren't licking bathroom doors, we are walking and keeping our hands to ourselves as we get fresh air. If the concern is possibly touching something that is contaminated, then ALL outdoor activity (even walking in your neighborhood) must be stopped. For the length of time we are going to be dealing with this, banning all outdoor activity will result in people violating the rule and being jailed for being outside. Is that what you want? Is that what we need?

a-1590561706 Apr 03, 2020 11:14 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

This is why the virus is growing uncontrolled. You are putting your family at risk if an individual that is a carrier comes in contact or had had contact with material that your family comes in contact with. A large percentage of COVID-19 carriers do not show any symptoms. Please stay home and not even take the chance. The hospitals do not need any more patients and we can all do your part. Trust me, we would all love to continue going to the beach, park, etc. and act like everything is normal...but it is not.

EastBeach Apr 03, 2020 10:57 AM
Santa Barbara City Picnic Sites Closed

It might be that it sets a bad example for those who don't know you're a family. Or it could be that distancing on family outings helps the little ones realize they should distance with non-family members. Human behavior and learning/unlearning methods are complex yet important.

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