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Glendale shuts down hiking trails after officials say social-distancing rules not being followed

Photo Gallery: Hiking at Deukmejian Wilderness Park on last day of the year
Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale, pictured here, will be closed to the public until at least April 19. Glendale officials have closed all hiking trails, as well as park recreation facilities, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Glendale currently has nine confirmed cases of the virus, and one Glendale resident has died from the virus.
(Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press )

There won’t be any trekking around at Deukmejian Wilderness Park and Brand Park for the time being.

Glendale announced it would be closing its hiking trails and park recreation facilities on Tuesday after a sunny weekend drew crowds that officials said were not in line with social-distancing requirements.

Hiking trails managed by L.A. County were ordered closed on Monday as part of an increasingly stringent response to the growing outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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“During this time, residents are encouraged to exercise and spend time outdoors at home and in their neighborhood whenever possible while following social-distancing guidelines,” according to a city of Glendale statement.

Guidelines require residents to stay 6 feet away from people from other households while out and about. Closures will be in effect until April 19.

On Monday, the virus claimed the life of a Glendale resident, the first reported. The resident was over 65 years old and had underlying health conditions, according to county health officials.

There are nine confirmed cases of the virus in Glendale and at least 662 across the county, according to county health officials.

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Glendale’s closures include trails, fire roads, public basketball and pickleball courts, sports fields, playgrounds and barbecue areas. Use of picnic tables and workout equipment is also prohibited.

Glendale park grounds will remain open for residents to use as long as social-distancing rules are followed.

Amid the increasing outdoor closures in cities across the county, some trails remain open. Currently, the Angeles National Forest is still welcoming hikers.

For the latest list of outdoor closures in response to the coronavirus, click here.

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