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Seattle Parks and Recreation news and events

Arboretum, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Green Lake, Golden
Gardens, Kubota Garden, Lincoln, Magnuson, Seward, Volunteer, West Seattle
Stadium, Woodland

SPD and
SPR Crews and Ambassadors Will Be Onsite to Remind Individuals to Comply

CDC and
DOH Recommends Individuals to Wear Cloth Face Masks When in Public

SEATTLE (April 9, 2020) –  Because of continued gatherings in major parks and crowded public places, the City of Seattle announced today the full closure of major regional parks this weekend where social distancing guidelines have not been followed by patrons. Seattle is joining major cities like Austin and Los Angeles across the country in closing major parks for the weekend. The change is effective Friday, April 10th at 11pm and parks reopen on Monday, April 13 at 4:30 am.

Data shows that social distancing measures are effectively reducing the transmission rate, but any easing of those measures could lead to a resurgence in transmission. Moreover, all city departments are having to adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on employees, their families and the city workforce. 

“These are the beautiful weather days we
crave all winter, but we are living in unprecedented times and the Governor’s
order isn’t stay out – it’s stay home. Seattle’s frontline medical
workers,  vulnerable residents, and displaced workers need you to stay
home. While Seattle is expecting near perfect weather, friends and families
should not have family or friend outings, picnics or gatherings in parks. Stay
home unless you need to go to an essential job or business.  If you need
to take a walk in your neighborhood, be smart and don’t help create a crowded
place. Too many friends, residents and families are continuing to gathering for
picnics, BBQs, basketball games, and group walks.  Because we still are in
danger of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths we have to keep
doing out part. Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people
at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening
of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow
social distancing guidelines by stay at lease six feet from everyone and wear a
mask” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Our collective effort has made an impact
flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer term

Closing these parks temporarily will
help ensure more people are keeping the distancing they need to from other
people. While our neighborhood parks will remain open, the city will consider
closing them or making temporary closures longer term if visitors can’t follow
safety guidelines. While the City of Seattle has closed parking lots at the
largest regional parks, significant gatherings and disregard for social
distancing have continued.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s eight
destination parks Green Lake, Lincoln, Golden Gardens, Seward Park, Magnuson
Park, Gas Works, Alki Beach, and Discovery, as well as Cal Anderson, Carkeek,
Woodland Park, Volunteer Park, Kubota Garden, West Seattle Stadium, and the
Washington Park

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Vacation-rental agencies asked to halt bookings for Pitkin County, Aspen properties | News

After receiving information that some people recently booked vacation rentals in the area and then sought medical treatment for coronavirus-like symptoms, Pitkin County’s Incident Management Team reiterated on Tuesday that the latest public health order bans short-term lodging.

Those who violate the order could face misdemeanor charges leading to fines and/or jail time. Officials also contacted vacation-rental agencies VRBO and Airbnb to inform them not to accept nonresident bookings of short-term rentals within county boundaries. 

“We’ve gotten some information recently to lead us to believe that there are still some companies accepting short-term rentals and reservations, like VRBO and Airbnb. We’ve issued a letter to both of those companies today to ask that they stop accepting them per the Pitkin County public health order,” said Alex Burchetta, IMT spokesperson and chief deputy of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

“Specifically, they are not to accept any new reservations and they are to cancel any existing reservations,” he continued. “The intent there is to allow nonresidents of Pitkin County to return to their primary [place] of residence.” 

Burchetta said the county doesn’t have the capacity from a public health and safety standpoint to handle an influx of visitors.

“As much as we love them … we love having you here, but just not now,” he said. 

Being at an elevation of around 8,000 feet puts undue stress on a person’s immune system and health, he said. Small and less-noticeable illnesses can be exacerbated by the altitude. While the area has excellent health care providers and systems, would-be visitors might have access to a wider range of health services within their own communities, Burchetta said.

Section L of Pitkin County’s public health order issued on March 23 states, “There shall be no new bookings or reservations during the pendency of this Order. Furthermore, current reservations for the timeframe anticipated in this Order shall be cancelled for all short-term lodging, including but not limited to hotels, motels, short-term rentals (30 days or less), bed and breakfast establishments, lodges and retreats.”

Burchetta said officials were alerted by Aspen Valley Hospital doctors that nonresidents who recently booked vacation rentals in Aspen sought treatment Monday of “some symptoms” not necessarily associated with COVID-19. 

He said he didn’t know how many people were involved in presenting those symptoms to the hospital. Even if it were just two people who got short-term rentals since the order was issued, “it still represents two too many,” Burchetta said. 

“We started [notifications] with the global short-term rental market” like VRBO and Airbnb, he said. “Pitkin County and the Colorado mountain communities are not a place of refuge as they are most other times of the year. …We don’t have the ability to handle the increased capacity.”

Those who fail to comply with provisions of the order, including the mandate banning short-term vacation lodging, may be subject to misdemeanor charges and fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to 18 months of jail time.

“We’re just trying to reinforce [the order],”

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Tenon Tours Drops USTOA Membership

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Announcements and Appointments

Turks and Caicos Names Pamela Ewing Director of Tourism

March 21, 2020

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New York City Spring Hotel Options for Instagram Savvy, Solo, Dog Lover, and Hipster Travelers

March 9, 2020

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