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Update on Weekend Precautions in Downtown Sausalito

Post Date:05/08/2020 7:30 PM

Efforts to reduce the number of weekend non-resident visitors to downtown Sausalito will continue on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. Measures in place include electronic message boards at the entry points to the city, the closure of municipal parking lots 1 through 4 from early Saturday to late Sunday, and police enforcement of public health order rules for essential travel, social distancing, and face coverings.

The Sausalito Police Department reports that there was significantly less foot and vehicle traffic in the downtown area during the weekend of May 2, compared to the previous week. Essential businesses, such as restaurants and ice cream shops with take-out service, were observed following public health order regulations and monitoring their customers.

Captain Bill Fraass conducted a survey of groups in Gabrielson Park at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Of the 20 groups in the park, 18 were composed of Sausalito residents and two were cyclists taking a break from a ride. All were practicing appropriate social distancing.

As attractive as a walk through downtown Sausalito may be for local residents, it remains the part of Sausalito most prone to crowding, and any crowd increases the likelihood of virus transmission. For fresh air and sunshine, the safest approach is to stay close to home on less busy streets and sidewalks.

Vehicle trips to downtown Sausalito are allowed for essential travel by local residents, such as picking up a to-go meal from a restaurant. Weekend parking remains available at metered spaces. If metered spaces are occupied, motorists are permitted to use loading zones when picking up to-go items.

Any questions about downtown parking or the enforcement of public health orders may be directed to Lt. Stacie Gregory at sgregory@sausalito.gov. You may also contact Lt. Gregory if you believe that you have received a weekend parking citation in error.

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