Oakland officials are implementing some changes starting Friday to encourage social distancing at city parks.

Ali Thanawalla/SFBay Lake Merritt is one of the beautiful attractions in Oakland. (Ali ThanawallaFlickr)

Food trucks and other vendors will not be permitted in or adjacent to city parks. All parking lots to parks will be closed and parking around Lake Merritt is banned on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on Memorial Day.

City officials said people are encouraged to exercise but officials want to discourage gatherings and crowds in parks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Jesse Garnier SFBay Covid-19 dashboard comparing cases by day in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties as of Friday, May 15, 2020.

City ambassadors in bright-colored shirts will be in and around parks to remind people of park rules and social distancing as well as provide face coverings and information about free coronavirus testing.

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