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The East Bay Regional Park District announced Sunday it is reopening day use, camping and boating at some parks on Oct. 2 with capacity limitations in place after closing them in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Though most East Bay regional parks, shorelines and trails have been open to the public during the pandemic, many park areas and facilities were closed on March 25 to avoid overcrowding and to adhere to state and local health orders.

Park areas and facilities reopening at the start of October for day use are subject to limited capacity operating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Additionally, all picnic areas, barbecues and group campsites will remain closed in adherence to state and local health orders.

Parks set to reopen facilities include:

  • Del Valle Regional Park
  • Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park
  • Lake Chabot Regional Park
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
EastshoreEmpire Anthony Chabot Regional Park is among five East Bay Regional Park District facilities being reopened for day use, camping and boating activities in limited capacity as of Oct. 2, 2020.

Robert Doyle, EBRPD general manager, said:

“Regional Parks have played an essential role in the community as a place for people to maintain their mental and physical health when most people have been in their homes the majority of the day.”

The park district asks visitors to follow all social distancing guidelines from local health agencies, and people must bring a mask or face covering to wear when within 6 feet of other visitors.

The East Bay Regional Park District said it is continuing to evaluate and plan for additional park area and facility openings. Parks are being evaluated for safety hazards before reopening decisions are made.

For up-to-date information on park status during Covid-19, people can visit www.ebparks.org/Covid-19.

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