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<br /> <br /> <br />For Immediate Release Contact: Martha Bennett, City Manager <br />March 21, 2020 503-635-0215 <br /> <br /> City Implements Parks Guidelines and Extends Closures <br />to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 <br /> <br />LAKE OSWEGO – The health and safety of our residents, their families and City staff is the City’s <br />utmost importance. Because we recognize that Lake Oswego parks are important for health and <br />well-being, the City has decided that Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation’s (LOPR) parks, trails, <br />playgrounds, sports fields, golf course and natural areas will remain open to the public. In <br />addition, food security programs, Meals on Wheels and Community Supported Agriculture <br />(CSA) will remain open. <br /> <br />Closure of facilities will be considered if guidance is not followed. <br /> <br />“As Governor Brown said last evening,” said Ivan Anderholm, Director of Parks and Recreation, <br />“we are relying on people to practice social distancing. We all need to do our part to limit the <br />spread of the COVID-19.” <br /> <br />1. Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms. (Feel Sick, Stay <br />Home) <br /> <br />2. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after use of parks or <br />trails. (Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face) <br /> <br />3. While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside <br />to let others pass. (Give Other Users Respect and Space) <br /> <br />4. Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including <br />outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports, dog parks and other group hangouts. 25 <br />maximum. Playgrounds 10 maximum. (No Organized Practices, Individual and <br />Family Activities Only) <br /> <br />5. Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other <br />individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location <br />or find an-other space. (Move To Find Your Own Space) <br /> <br />- more -