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Physical distancing is critical to help flatten the curve

We continue to see Mountain View residents who are not complying with the County directive regarding physical distancing.

This could have lasting impacts on our community -- including the potential closure of parks and trails, not to mention a potential spike in COVID-19 cases.

We understand that this is a learning curve for many, but it is imperative that in order to more quickly return to some semblance of "normalcy," we need each and every one of our community members to follow the "at least 6 feet" rule.

We've gotten lots of questions about going to parks, fields, etc. to play, to practice, to train, etc.

Let us be clear -- if you do not live with those with whom you are going on walks, hikes, runs, etc., what you are doing is prohibited by the county. This doesn't mean that "if you keep 6 feet apart" it's ok. It is not allowed right now. Period.

Parents, please do not let your children congregate at parks.

Please do not let them climb on playground equipment or benches -- which have been blocked off with signs and physical barriers.

Please do not let them go play group games or do group activities.

The following are currently prohibited:

-- soccer-- football-- basketball-- pickle ball-- baseball-- tag-- tennis-- and any other group activity that can lead to a large gathering outside of those with whom you live with every day.

Please, set a good example.

Do not go out for picnics or barbecues -- these are closed because of the county directive. If you see a sign, or you see tape or a fenced in area, please do no think that it is ok to go into that area.

It is blocked off for a reason.

If any of this behavior continues, all parks and trails could close. We don't want that to happen, and we don't think you do either.

However, at this point, for your safety and for ours, we must be blunt with you.

To slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our City needs you to follow the County’s physical distancing orders.

Here are the orders in their entirety. We suggest you read them.

Thank you for your understanding, and thank you for doing your part to help flatten the curve.

Please, do NOT report violations of physical distancing on our social media channels. We cannot generate calls for service that way.

More information on how to report non-compliance can be found in the graphic attached.

Thanks, Mountain View. We appreciate it.