In yet another attack on the freedom of Californians caused by Gavin Newsom’s incompetent management, lies, and fake “follow the science” nonsense, California State Parks has announced that they are closing state campsites “impacted by California’s Regional Stay at Home Order.”
The governor, again confusing the issue further, has determined that artificial percentages (not colors) will determine which non-specific amorphous “regions” (not counties) will be shut down and when they’ll be shut down.
Currently (today … this could change within hours or by the time the governor finishes one of his babbling and incoherent press conferences), the nebulous “regions” are divided up as Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.
This non-enforceable “order” claims that it’s “triggered by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity,” when the reality is that the ICUs in hospitals almost always operate at somewhere between 88-92% capacity. During flu season (which is where we are now), this number is usually closer to 90-95% capacity. Gavin Newsom’s “science” chicanery has decreed that the state will shut down if ICU capacity reaches 85%. So restaurants and parks are shut down while hospitals only have to send people home and lose money to the point that they will end up shuttering operations or driving up costs in other areas of the hospital to make up for the loss of revenue governor Newsom is forcing on them.
According to the CA State Parks website, day use of outdoor areas of parks that are open to the public currently will remain accessible. This includes beaches as well as hiking, biking, equestrian, and OHV trails.
“Yesterday, California took an important step to address the alarming pace of COVID-19 case rates that are threatening to overwhelm the health care delivery system,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “While the new Regional Stay at Home Order is asking Californians to stay home as much as possible and for campground sites in impacted regions to close, the state also recognizes that that outdoor activity is critical for mental health and physical health. We welcome you to recreate in the outdoors provided that you stay local, plan ahead to find out what is open, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings with people outside the immediate household.”
Because of the draconian mediademic order, the state parks have set up guidelines to – supposedly – “reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.” They are as follows (from the CA State Parks website):
- Stay Local – Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Plan Ahead – The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of the park unit you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
- Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
- Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
- Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
- Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. in some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
- Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.
ReserveCalifornia operations will also be affected. From the CA State Parks website: “Due to the critical need to stop the COVID-19 surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity, the public is advised that the closure of campground sites may be made with little advance notice. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by the state’s reservation system — ReserveCalifornia — via email and provided with a refund. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic. As such, visitors do not need to take any action. Reservation holders can call ReserveCalifornia’s Customer Service line at 1-800-444-7275. Hours of operation: 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT.”
The sheer incompetence demonstrated by Gavin Newsom has shut down the entire California State Parks system – a system that as a 150 year history of NOT shutting down on this scale, even during wartime.
At what point do Californians ask to see the “science” behind these measures? Do they approach Gavin Newsom and his 20 or so lobbyists as they dine on $1,200 worth of food (each!) indoors without masks at the French Laundry and tell him that enough is enough?
The line must be drawn here. I’m going hiking. And camping. In MY California.
See you on the trails.