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City Parks, Fields To Close March 30 in Continued Defense to Stop the Spread

Post Date:03/29/2020 4:27 PM

Due to the number of people continuing to gather at city parks, athletic fields, and trails, people continuing to enter the already-closed tennis and pickleball courts, and the increasing difficulty of maintaining a safe 6-foot distance, the City of Vista announced it will temporarily close all City parks starting March 30, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. This is due to the increasing number of confirmed cases in Vista, currently at 10 as of Saturday, March 28.

City officials understand these public spaces contribute greatly to the quality of life in Vista; however, the City’s top priority is the health and wellness of the community and has an obligation to follow the guidance of public health officials with the goal of maintaining the community’s safety.

“We hope the community understand that this is an area where we continue to need everyone’s support,” said Mayor Judy Ritter. “We are asking the community to heed the closures and appreciate everyone’s constant attentiveness to stay at home to fight this pandemic.”

The complete City park closures include:

  • All parks and restrooms
  • S. Buena Vista off-leash dog hours
  • Athletic fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Pickleball courts
  • Picnic amenities
  • Playgrounds
  • Skate parks
  • Tennis courts

Under Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘stay at home’ order issued on March 19, all individuals living in the State of California were ordered to stay at home, except for essential outings to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. While outdoor exercise is still allowed, the order outlines that it’s contingent on maintaining a safe social distance of 6 feet from people who aren’t in the same household.

The City of Vista continues to provide essential services to the public, including senior meals during the COVID-19 crisis and has a dedicated web page for information about how COVID-19 affects Vista:

March 29, 2020


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