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COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to our membership.  CAPRI has compiled some informational resources that may assist in your community's response.

May 22, 2020

As we prepare to re-open our parks the CDC has their guidelines but advise to work with your local government to give direction. To help facilitate, California has developed a website specifically regarding COVID-19. This is

Governor Gavin Newsom, launched California Connected- California’s Contact Tracing Program and Pubic Awareness Campaign. Public health workers form communities across the state will connect with people who test positive for COVID-19 and work with them and people they have been in close contact with. They will ensure they have access to confidential testing, medical care, and other services to help prevent the spread of the virus.

April 3, 2020

The CDC updated its guidelines with respect to social distancing. It is still critical to maintain 6-feet social distancing, but the CDC is now advising to use face covering over the mouth and nose. The continued studies reflect a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others  before showing symptoms. The virus can spread between people interacting in proximity even if the people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.

CDC guidelines pertaining to cloth face coverings can be read at


March 23, 2020

Yesterday, the Governor’s Office provided an updated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”  Districts are encouraged to review this list and evaluate which possitions are excepted from the March 19th Stay at Home Order.


March 19, 2020

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Read the full Executive Order here (pdf).

How long will we stay home?

This goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

Where does this apply?

This is in effect throughout the State of California.

March 16, 2020

Yesterday, the CDC updated its guidance with respect to mass gatherings.  The Guidance is reproduced here for your convenience.  Please continue to consult with your local, State, and federal public health informational resources which can be found, in part, below.

 Guidance as of 3/15/2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.


March 12, 2020

On March 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the issuance of Executive Order N-25-20.  Among other things, the Order requires compliance with the guidance of state and local public health officials.  

In order to assist members with navigating this issue, below please find links to state and federal information resources.  In addition to these resources, we urge our Districts to continually review their own local public health agency's guidance for the most update recommendations.

Governor's Office - Executive Order N-25-20

CAL/OSHA - Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

CDPH - Gathering Guidance

CDPH - COVID-19 Response Page

CDPH – COVID-19 Prevention Graphic

CDPH – COVID-19 Alert (Spanish)

CDC – Guidance for Business & Employers

CDC - Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement 

CDC – Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

CDC – Main COVID-19 Page


If you have any additional questions, please contact CAPRI at 916-722-5550.