From Ranger Amanda
The past week has seen many rapid developments regarding COVID-19 and I wanted to reach out with an update.
First, I want to make it very clear that there is no higher priority to us than the safety of our staff and volunteers. If you do not feel safe coming in to volunteer, then please don’t. If you are under the care of a physician for any medical concerns or if you are a member of a vulnerable population, please consult with your doctor before you make a decision. Your health is more important than anything that could be accomplished by you being at the park.
Next, if you decide to come to the park, I can assure you that we are taking steps to keep everyone safe.
- We are sanitizing commonly touched areas daily including the visitor center, restrooms, handles, knobs, phones, etc.
- VODs (Volunteer-of-the-day) are disinfecting volunteer radios during their shifts.
- Staff are staying home if they feel sick.
- Keeping buildings well ventilated when possible.
- The seats in the auditorium are spread further apart per CDC social distancing recommendations.
- Spray bottles with disinfectant are located at the tidepools to disinfect touch table.
- Hand sanitizer is located at the entrance station, portable restrooms, and throughout admin.
- Attached travel size hand sanitizer to door of education table.
- The entrance station staff is wearing gloves.
- Everyone is following the recommendations put our by the CDC to prevent the spread of disease.
The Cabrillo National Monument Superintendent and management team are meeting frequently to discuss this continuously variable situation. The Superintendent is also participating in regular calls with regional and national officials and is staying up to date on the latest impacts and measures being taken by the Department of Interior and National Park Service.
At this moment, Cabrillo National Monument remains open to the public.
Few parks and monuments have been closed in the face of this pandemic so far. Those that have are in high risk areas with large visitation numbers and close quarters. Should CNM’s situation change, you will be informed immediately.
National Parks have and continue to be, even in the face of a world-wide pandemic, a place of replenishment, grounding, and reflection. We are trying our best to offer this to the public, during a time when it is needed most, while also maintaining a level of safety and health required by current circumstances.
For the latest information and data on COVID-19, including steps you can take to keep yourself and your community safe, please visit CDC.gov.
For National Park Service specific updates, including closures and steps being taken to keep the public safe, please visit https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm
Several of you have already let us know that you are practicing social distancing and not coming in. We are happy that you are making the best decision for you and your family and we will be ready to welcome you back when the risk is lower.
Again, I would like to reiterate that you are very important to us. We want you to feel safe and cared for, and if that means staying home, then please do so. We will send out pertinent updates as they become available. In the meantime, stay healthy, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and stay informed.