|Resources Limited During COVID-19 Outbreak
Mammoth Lakes, CA (March 20, 2020) – On Thursday, March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a “Stay at Home” order for the entire state. This order, which requires Californians to stay at home except for essential tasks such as getting food, prescriptions and healthcare, does make allowances for outdoor exercise such as walking, running or hiking, as long as the individuals practice social distancing, which includes maintaining a minimum 6′ distance from one another while they are recreating outdoors.
Mammoth Lakes Recreation, in partnership with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, are asking residents to recreate responsibly during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. Please observe all local ordinances including parking, animal control, and camping. Pet owners are required to observe local leash laws and are asked to continue picking up after their pets. Due to limited resources some facilities, such as restrooms, may not be open. Please plan accordingly before you leave your home.
As of now, all Town of Mammoth Lakes parks and playgrounds are closed with the exception of the Whitmore Recreation Area. Whitmore Ball Fields 1 and 2, as well as the Synthetic Turf and Track, will remain open as an outdoor-only, open-space facility for self-directed use.
Residents are reminded that Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is closed for all activity, including up-hill skiing. Backcountry travelers should be advised that due to limited resources, Emergency Response Services (EMS) may not be available, and to consider this before journeying out into the backcountry. Recent snowfall has also impacted the snowpack. Backcountry travelers are encouraged to visit the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center website for the latest avalanche forecast and conditions. Their website is www.esavalanche.org. Mammoth Lakes Recreation recommends that only experienced backcountry users enter the wilderness and only do so if they have been properly trained in avalanche safety by an accredited organization. Backcountry travelers should be outfitted with a working avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, and other safety equipment.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has published a list of recommendations for recreating outdoors during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://lnt.org/the-leave-no-trace-recommendations-for-getting-outside-amidst-covid-19/
Finally, we reiterate that EMS and hospital services may be significantly limited or unavailable during this outbreak. Outdoor enthusiasts are asked to take whatever steps necessary not to compound the problem.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Mono County, please go to https://MonoHealth.com/Coronavirus.