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March 30, 2020 9:19 PM

Parks & Recreation - Parks Use Restricted; Access to Residents Only (March 30)

Effective immediately until further notice, Calvert County parks are open to Calvert County residents for passive recreation only, such as walking, biking, running and hiking. The following parks will remain open with adjusted operational hours:

- Dunkirk District Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
- Hallowing Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
- Cove Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
- Solomons Town Center Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
- Kings Landing Park (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Flag Ponds Nature Park (Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Hughes Memorial Tree Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Residents are advised of the following temporary park guidance:

- All parks not listed above are closed.
- The following amenities are closed: tennis courts, skate parks, dog parks, basketball courts, ball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, beaches, piers, campgrounds, boat ramps / launches.
- Fishing is prohibited.
- Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people.
- Capacity at each park will be adjusted to maintain social distancing.
- Patrons will not be allowed to wait at a park gate to gain entry once capacity is reached.
- Recreation activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking are permitted while adhering to 6-foot social distancing measures.
- Users will be restricted to a maximum of 2 hours at any park location and, where park staff are on site, must provide the following information to park staff upon arrival: including name, county of residence, number of people in vehicle / party.

Department of Parks & Recreation operations are adjusted as follows:

• Main office is closed to the public. Please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2649, or email ParksAndRecreation@calvertcountymd.gov.
• Water fountains are out of service at all parks, including dog parks.
• Portable toilets will not be available for use.
• Gatherings of more than 10 will be required to disperse.

Please follow all precautionary guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at county parks:

• Follow the CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks: wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks if you have symptoms of COVID-19, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Observe at all times the CDC minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you play, walk, bike, play tennis, or hike.
• Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
• Note that trail and park users may find some public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
• Bring water or drinks; public drinking fountains are disabled.
• Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect our park staff.

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