As California continues to ease restrictions on stay-at-home orders prompted by the coronavirus, officials have warned against overcrowding outdoor spaces.With the lure of a three-day holiday weekend, some destinations are making more room for Memorial Day revelers, while others are clamping down.Unlike some trails that were shuttered under Ventura County orders, the popular Santa Paula Canyon and Punch Bowls Trail in Ojai Valley never closed. But in recent weeks, crowds have been gathering in droves, filling the parking lots and leaving behind trash, said Los Padres National Forest spokesman Andrew Madsen.“People have been drawn to that particular trail over the past few weeks,” he said. Advertisement Madsen said he expects the forest will issue an order to temporarily close the 7-mile trail Saturday. The closure could last up to two weeks. Forest officials have stressed the need for visitors to share space while maintaining a six-foot distance and avoid gathering in groups. Campgrounds have been closed for the past eight weeks and will remain shuttered until at least June 1. The hiking trail is a frequented destination in Ventura County, which was one of the first counties in Southern California to reopen its golf courses, parks and beaches. Residents from… Read full this story
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