LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that all City of Los Angeles parks will be closed to the public for more than 24 hours beginning Saturday evening. The move comes ahead of Easter Sunday, to help encourage Angelenos to remain in their homes at a critical moment in the fight against COVID-19.
“I know this is a time of the year when many of our families and friends celebrate Easter by getting together outdoors –– and we just can’t take any chances right now,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The holidays are special moments in our lives, but we’re all safer at home. Let’s create new memories and traditions this year, so that we can flatten the curve, save lives, and look forward to seeing each other again when it's safe.”
Currently, trailheads, recreation centers and all City park amenities are closed –– with parks open only for walking or jogging. Today, the Mayor has directed the Department of Recreation and Parks to fully close all parks beginning the evening of Saturday, April 11 through the morning of Monday, April 13. Restrooms in parks will remain open during normal hours.
Mayor Garcetti’s “Safer at Home” emergency order requires City of Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes except for the most essential activities — including critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities. Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer have said that the City will strongly enforce against out-of-compliance businesses when necessary, and the Mayor has ordered that workers providing non-medical essential services — and their customers — must wear face coverings while in those work locations.
Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency actions in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, including expanding access to free testing for all L.A. County residents who show symptoms; a plan to shelter thousands of Angelenos experiencing homelessness; restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers; and limits on public gatherings in City facilities.
The Mayor has also taken a number of steps to support residents and businesses during the local emergency — including an order to require face coverings placing a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions and water and power shutoffs and a halt to rent increases on rent-stabilized housing. He has relaxed parking and law enforcement for violations related to vehicle registration and driver’s license cards during the COVID-19 emergency period.
More details and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org.