In conjunction with Governor Inslee’s press release on Monday, April 27, 2020, the City of Longview will reopen specific outdoor recreation opportunities with appropriate safety precautions in place on Tuesday, May 5. Next Tuesday, the City will reopen the Community Gardens, Gerhardt Garden Dog Park, Mint Valley Golf Course and allow for fishing at all City of Longview areas.
The City of Longview will follow the Covid-19 restart requirements and recommendations to keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law. The activities being reopened are viable and relatively low risk, however there will be additional precautions in place to ensure the safety of the park users, staff, and officials. For full regulations and restrictions, information can be found at http://www.mylongview.com/AlertCenter, http://www.mint-valley.com, and www.mylongview.com/rec.
Playgrounds, public restrooms, sports fields and courts are closed. These amenities promote gathering and offer multiple touch points that cannot be disinfected between uses. These amenities will remain closed until further notice.
Governor Inslee has stated “Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation, and springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”
All outdoor activities include guidelines and restrictions such as 1) anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms shall not participate in outdoor recreation activities, 2) any park facilities may be closed at any time if there is reason to believe unsafe conditions exist or social distancing practices are not being adhered to, 3) people should recreate locally and not travel further than necessary to do so, 4) limit your recreation partners to only those who live within your household, 5) practice social distancing in all areas when you encounter others, and 6) bring your own personal protective equipment and supplies to help protect yourself and others in the community.
Public gatherings, events, team sports, and other organized activities are still prohibited during this time and are not resuming until further notice.