Social Distancing and Outdoor Activity

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Parks and golf courses within the Sacramento County Regional Parks system will remain open, as the Public Health Order allows residents to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements. 

Please remember that the point of this Public Health Order is to have people stay at home as much as possible, but as people utilize parks for essential outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, bicycling and equestrian activities while this Order is in place, we ask they maintain a social distance of at least six feet, avoid congregating in groups and wash their hands as often as possible. 

To the extent possible, restrooms will remain open during normal park operating hours. Playground equipment at our parks have been closed because they are high-touch surfaces and it is not possible for residents to maintain the social distancing necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Picnic sites and BBQ areas are also​ closed. 


​What is social distancing? 

Social Distancing is defined in the Public Health Order as: 

  • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from individuals who are not part of the same household or living unit 

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective in combatting COVID-19

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (but not into hands);

  • Avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.

So what's allowed and what's not allowed?

​​​​Allowed

​Not Allowed

​Walking, Jogging, Running , Hiking

​Gathering in groups for exercise

​Biking ​

Meeting in groups for a ride​

​Horseback Riding

​Playground Activities

​Soaking up the sun (weather permitting)

​Picnics

​FIshing

BBQing​

​Golfing

Group activities or social gatherings 

​Archery ​

Team Sports


Outdoor recreation activity at parks, including the American River Parkway, Dry Creek Parkway and Deer Creek Hills, beaches, and other open spaces must be in conformance with Social Distancing Requirements.​

If you plan on using our multi-use trails, please be sure to check out our tra​il etiquette tips


The National Recreation and Parks Association has a helpful infographic available in English and Spanish​


​​For information on how Sacramento County is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit their webpage. ​​​​