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New restrictions in place at SLO County parks

Posted at 12:33 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 15:33:06-04

San Luis Obispo County announced new restrictions at certain parks in the county to ensure park visitors are observing social distancing guidelines.

Cave Landing Road and parking lot will close on Thursday until further notice. This comes after reports of a large gathering recently at Pirate's Cove that violated the county's stay-at-home order.

Residents will still be able to hike to the beach on established trails.

Vehicle limits will now be in place at Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake until further notice.

Santa Margarita Lake is limited to 86 vehicles, 26 of which may be trailers with boats. Lopez Lake is limited to 320 vehicles, 50 of which may be trailers with boats.

Any vehicles arriving after capacity has been reached will be turned away.

The Los Osos Skate Park is closed until further notice because county officials say users of the park were not maintaining a safe six feet of physical distance. The county says added signage and ranger interactions with people using the skate park were unsuccessful.

"While we would normally want people using our parks, we cannot allow visitors to use the parks in a way that jeopardizes the community's health," said County Parks Director Nick Franco. "Your cooperation and respect for physical distancing will allow us to keep the remaining parks open in a limited capacity. Please be smart and think of your community's safety before going to the park."

For more information on COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, visit To speak to someone, call the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.