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Please note the Imperial County Public Health Department will be closed to all walk-in services for the public. Department staff will be available to provide assistance by phone to members of the community who have questions related to any of the Department’s essential services.

Phone assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This shall remain in effect until further notice.

FAQ - Outdoor Recreation

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Yes. So long as you are maintaining a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t a part of your household, it is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air. Fitness centers, exercise gyms, recreational centers, and public pools are not allowed to operate.  

In Imperial County and as of April 24, 2020, people can visit parks, trails, golf courses and large open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. 

The California’s State Park System and the safety measures State Parks has implemented to date the following: 

  • FULLY CLOSED: Some State Park Units to the Public - The full closure means there is no public access at these public outdoor spaces on a temporary basis to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. All restrooms are closed, and there are no parking facilities open for visitors, recreational boats or off-highway vehicles. No form of activities is permitted (including sunbathing, walking, jogging or watersports). 

  • Vehicular Access at Some State Parks and Beaches is Temporarily Closed; Limited Vehicular Access Available at Remaining State Parks – Some state parks and beaches have no vehicle access, meaning no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited. Remaining state parks and beaches have limited vehicle access available. 

  • High Public Use Indoor Facilities – including museums and visitor centers – have been closed until further notice to prevent overcrowding and maintain physical distancing. 

  • Many Campgrounds Across the State Remain Closed Until Further Notice – Affected reservation holders will be contacted by ReserveCalifornia via email and provided with a refund. Cancellation fees are being waived. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic. As such, visitors do not need to take any action. However, please note that due to the volume of visitors affected, the refund process may take some time. State Parks appreciates the patience of the public as it moves through this process. 

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You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6-feet. This means avoiding crowded trails & parking lots. To help reduce crowds, State Parks is modifying operations at some parks, including closing vehicular access and parking lots to reduce density of visitors. A list of closures can be found at

Yes, in Imperial County and as of April 24, 2020, golf courses are open.

In Imperial County and as of April 24, 2020, people can visit parks, trails, golf courses, and large open spaces a way to relive stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. Please remember to practice social distancing (more than 6-feet away from persons who are not part of your household) to avoid spread of the virus in addition to using face coverings when out in public.