SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced it is temporarily closing down license counters, visitor centers and other areas of high public use, as part of an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
“While many business functions will continue during this time, some may be temporarily modified. Before heading to a CDFW facility, please contact the regional headquarters office to determine if that facility is open,” department staff said in a released statement. “Information on purchasing licenses, permits, tags and other entitlements, can be found on the CDFW website.”
CDFW staff confirmed outdoor areas would remain open to the public. The department oversees more than one million acres of public lands within the state of California.
“These lands include Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves that provide an opportunity to recreate and explore the rich diversity of fish, wildlife and habitats that California has to offer,” department staff said. “CDFW recommends that all visitors follow guidance for social distancing (of at least 6 feet) when visiting our public lands. To explore the outdoor opportunities on CDFW public lands, please visit wildlife.ca.gov/Lands.”
Department staff urged anglers, boaters, hungers and other outdoors enthusiasts to stay in touch with local public health agencies and follow any suggestions they broadcast as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
COVID-19, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, has caused multiple cancelations and postponements, including several events advertised or covered by The Log and FishRapNews.