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Public health discouraging residents from visiting parks during Easter weekend

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 17:19:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Public Health Services Department is discouraging residents visiting Kern County and Bakersfield City parks during Easter weekend.

According to public health, all facilities and amenities, including restrooms, within all parks in Kern County and the City of Bakersfield will be closed Easter weekend.

On March 16, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance requiring the canceling of gatherings of any size to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“My concern is that we have not seen the worst of COVID-19 in Kern County and reminding our community that park facilities and amenities are closed and that gatherings within our parks should be discouraged is a necessary measure to reduce the number of people that could be exposed to COVID-19,” said Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services.

Public health suggested those wishing to celebrate the Easter holiday find an alternative such as an online church service, host a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt by having your kids color their eggs on paper and place them in the windows, or virtually visit a national park. The following national parks offer virtual tours: