Picnic Shelter Reservations Begin Saturday, October 17

In accordance with new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, SAMLARC Members may now reserve SAMLARC picnic shelters for dates beginning Saturday, October 17, 2020. This new guidance allows Members and their families to celebrate the fall season together while continuing to support public health.

SAMLARC picnic shelters are able to reopen under the State’s Guidance on Private Gatherings. The Guidance encourages families to weigh the benefits and challenges of hosting a gathering in light of COVID-19’s transmission methods and rates. SAMLARC’s Picnic Shelter Guidelines align with the State’s requirements. Members and their guests must comply with the Guidelines when using a picnic shelter in order to enjoy time together while protecting the community.

The picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis with limited reservations on weekends. Both reserved and non-reserved use of the picnic shelters must adhere to the standard picnic shelter rules as well as the COVID-19 Picnic Shelter Guidelines. Highlights of these guidelines include:

  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 3 households. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. Household is defined as everyone living in your home.

  • Gatherings should be two hours or less. The longer the duration of the gathering, the risk of transmission increases.

  • The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.

  • For any gatherings permitted under this guidance, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times.

  • Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households. Please note: The total capacity of each picnic shelter will vary according to the size of each shelter.

  • Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.

  • Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.

  • When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, unless an exemption is applicable.

  • People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity. Face coverings can also be removed to meet urgent medical needs (for example, to use an asthma inhaler, take medication, or if feeling light-headed).

The full list of SAMLARC guidelines is available HERE and may be modified at any time as the County of Orange and State of California continue to develop reopening mandates in light of COVID-19. The Board of Directors encourages Members to continue to practice social distancing, hygiene, and limit the mixing of households throughout the community.

As our community continues to find new ways to connect in this season, the Board of Directors is thankful for the opportunity to provide families with another place to make new memories. For questions about the SAMLARC Picnic Shelters, please contact Pat White, Park Use & Sports Field Manager, at pat.white@fsresidential.com.

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