The Los Angeles County golf course and golf course will reopen Saturday, after park officials revised the opening date announced earlier Wednesday by the public health department.
Noting that the pandemic was “a fluid crisis,” the county Department of Parks and Recreation said in a news release that they decided to modify the opening date because “it continues to assess the situation with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.”
Health officials said the park and golf course would be the first place to open Friday as an area entering the first phase of easing coronavirus restrictions.
Other places reopened under the revised housing rules including outdoor recreation facilities, libraries, museums and cultural centers. Barbara Ferrer, district public health director, said at a press conference Wednesday.
Local, community and regional parks, botanical gardens – except Descanso Gardens – will open on Sundays for walking, jogging, and outdoor family time on Mother’s Day.
But people returning to footpaths and other public spaces must still comply with protocols for infection control, Ferrer said.
“You have to adhere to physical distance, and you have to use a cloth face covering while on the trail,” he said.
In addition, people can only visit other household members, and no meetings are allowed in the parking lot.
On golf courses, clubhouses and pro shops will remain closed, while restaurants and concession kiosks will only be able to offer takeout.
No more than four people can play in a group, and the tee time must be at least 10 minutes. Golf carts will be limited to single riders, and walking is recommended. Club rentals will not be available, and golfers cannot touch the flag sticks.
The driving range is open, but practicing placing and cutting vegetables will remain closed. Park officials recommend ordering tee time online.
The district said it would have staff on the track and golf course to remind visitors of the regulations.
“Staff training, prominent signs and operating protocols are also part of the preparation and dissemination needed by the department to be reopened,” the park department said.
The trail initially wasn’t part of the coronavirus shutdowns, but they were closed March 23 after a busy, sunny weekend that raises long-distance worries.
L.A City announced that the track and golf course will reopen Saturday also, with the exception of Runyon Canyon, which will remain closed indefinitely. Masks will also be needed on the track.
Other lines around L.A. which is not managed by a county or city, such as those in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, remain closed.
The beach will also remain closed, for now. Ferrer said officials were working on plans to start reopening them gradually “at some point in the near future.”
But modified orders will also allow florists and several other retailers to reopen for roadside pickups.
Car dealer showrooms can also open doors for customers again.
“Hopefully, starting next week, the risk is low, other insignificant businesses including manufacturers, offices and other retail stores will be able to reopen slowly, by complying with distance and infection control protocols,” Ferrer said. “And this clearly includes residential restrictions to maintain our ability to slow spread.”
Pedestrians are advised to check The L.A. Trails website County for the latest information before heading to an excursion.