The Bay Area is home to awe-inspiring beauty and over a million acres of parks and preserves and thousands of miles of trails.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, their value to all of us has never been more clear – for our heads and our hearts. That’s why the members of TOGETHER Bay Area – a regional coalition working for lands, people, and communities – are asking all residents and visitors to please follow your county’s rules for safe, responsible park use.

Let’s all do our part to take care of our parks, so that they can continue to stay open, and take care of us.


Do Your Part


  • Stay home if you or others in your household are sick, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Only go to parks, beaches and outdoor places that are open.
  • Be prepared with a Plan B park if your Plan A park is crowded.
  • Bring face masks and hand sanitizer. And drinking water too!
  • Download and print maps ahead of time or use the OuterSpatial app with mobile-friendly maps.


  • Stay 6-feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Exercise! Walk, hike, run, bike. 
  • Relax! Sit in designated areas to read, write, listen to music, draw.
  • Observe! Be a scientist. Take photos of plants and animals and add them to iNaturalist.
  • Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after your pet.
  • Leave no trace: pack out what you pack in, since normal trash pick up may not be possible.
  • Park only in designated parking lots. If they are full, wait for a spot to open up.


  • Remember that public lands are for everyone – including Black, Brown, and people of color.
  • Give the #6feetWave and say hello to people you see.
  • Thank the people you see working in the outdoors. They are there for your protection and enjoyment.
  • Welcome people who are new to the outdoors. The diversity of people and landscapes is the Bay Area’s strength, and everyone needs the many benefits nature provides.


Where can you go outdoors? We are lucky to live in a region with hundreds of park agencies including cities, counties, open space districts, state parks, and several federal agencies.

Public health orders and rules vary county by county, park by park. Not all Bay Area park agencies are listed here. Please find the latest information on your local park agency’s website.

Public Health Orders for Bay Area Counties:

San Mateo County | Santa Cruz | San Francisco | Marin | Sonoma | Napa | Solano | Contra Costa | Alameda | Santa Clara