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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Are picnics currently allowed?

Picnic Reservations

As of March 16, the County’s website states the following: 

Can I socialize with people outside of my household? 

The safest way to connect with others is virtually. If you do choose to meet with others in-person, keep it outdoors, small and short. State safety guidelines for social gatherings include:

  • Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in the Red, Orange, and Yellow Tiers. 
  • Limit gatherings to three households (up to 25 people max).
  • People from different households must keep at least six feet of distance from each other. 
  • Face coverings must be worn the entire time, expect when eating or drinking. 
  • Consider keeping a list of people who attended for potential future contract tracing needs. 

If you are fully vaccinated and it’s been two weeks since your last dose, you can:

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.  

Given these latest guidelines, the department will begin accepting Picnic Reservations for the Orinda Community Center Park Gazebo and Orinda Oaks Park Monday through Saturday. To complete the application click here.   

It is important to mention that due to reduced staffing, the park restrooms at the Orinda Community Center Park and Orinda Oaks Park will remained closed Saturday evenings through Sundays. Therefore if you wish to utilize the gazebo or Orinda Oaks Park it will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you have any questions please contact Orinda Parks and Rec by emailing or calling 925-254-2445. 

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