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Sioux City Parks and Trail Use

Post Date:03/18/2020 4:10 PM

The City of Sioux City Parks and Recreation is actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how it may impact parks and trail use. At this time, we are not closing access to public parks or trails; however, we urge park visitors to do their part and follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Following CDC guidance, the City of Sioux City Parks and Recreation recommends that everyone take the following precautions when visiting our parks and trails:
• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails or visit a park if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
• Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six (6) feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep this distance as you walk, run or bike.
• Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
• Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms. All Sioux City public restrooms are scheduled to open by April 15, 2020.
• Limit use of play equipment and shelter spaces as they have not been sanitized.
• Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
• Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
• Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited according to the proclamation made by Iowa Governor Reynolds on 3/17/20.
• Most importantly, stay home when you are sick in order to avoid exposing others.

The Sioux City Parks & Recreation Administration Office and Graceland Cemetery Office are closed to the public until further notice. City staff is still available to assist you with services and we encourage those who wish to conduct business to call 712-279-6126. Additionally, a majority of business can be accomplished via our website, www.siouxcityparksandrec.com. For more information regarding CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding the  coronavirus, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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