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City Issues Emergency Executive Order to Permit Tennis Courts to Re-Open at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park

Post Date:May 27, 2020 6:19 PM

Tennis Courts to ReopenThe City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services, issued a fourth Emergency Executive Order (2020-4) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Implementing Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.

Full text of Emergency Executive Order 2020-4 is available on the City’s website (PDF) at https://www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=46413.

Emergency Executive Order 2020-4 permits the tennis courts at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park to reopen, subject to compliance with Tennis Reopening Guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The tennis courts at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park are accessible without obtaining access to main park areas, which remain closed at this time. In addition, dog parks and parklets in the City remain closed at this time.

Emergency Executive Order 2020-4 also establishes that regular City Council meetings may be held telephonically in accordance with orders of the Governor of the state of California and, on scheduled meeting dates, meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. (closed session at 5 p.m.). Special meetings may be scheduled as needed. To ensure social (physical) distancing, City Council meetings have been taking place in a virtual teleconference format. Meeting dates are posted on the City’s website calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and agendas are posted in advance of meetings at www.weho.org/councilagendas.

Re-opening of Tennis Courts at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park follows strict standards set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and protocols have been established to be consistent with safe-play practices issued by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), International Tennis Federation (ITF), and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). These guidelines include safety practices for before, during, and after play to ensure protections against infections. These include:

  • Maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet at all times;
  • Wearing a face covering at all times, except during singles play;
  • Bringing your own racket and balls; writing your own initials on each ball; and using only your own tennis balls;
  • No group gatherings;
  • No waiting on the courts;
  • Arriving as close as possible to when you are going to play, and leaving the court as soon as reasonably possible after play;
  • Participants are instructed to bring water and hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to wash and sanitize hands frequently;
  • Avoiding the sharing of food, drinks or towels;
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve;
  • Only singles play permitted (doubles play is not permitted);
  • One-hour maximum play may be enforced on heavy traffic days;
  • Doors, entrances, and/or gates are left open during normal operational hours; and
  • Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.

Community members must not play tennis if:

  • Exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 including mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC;
  • In contact with someone with COVID-19 during the prior 14 days; and
  • A vulnerable individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and/or whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

Information about tennis and links to reservations are available online at www.weho.org/tennis.

There are three prior Emergency Executive Orders issued by the City of West Hollywood: Executive Order No. 2020-1 implements emergency measures to assist local businesses through the COVID-19 crisis; Executive Order No. 2020-2 and Executive Order 2020-3 implement a series of emergency measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, the closure of all City parks and dog parks, which still remain closed at this time, and the requirement of face coverings while in public in the City of West Hollywood. The City approved a Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency on March 16, 2020. City of West Hollywood Emergency Executive Orders will remain in effect for the duration of the Local Emergency, which is currently through June 30, 2020, but may change dependent on the evolution of the coronavirus health crisis.

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer at Home. The City urges people to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Always use social distancing of at least six feet and follow City requirements to use face coverings while in public. Public Health officials recommend cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves; medical masks are permitted, but officials note these should be prioritized for health professionals in order to ensure supply.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, dog parks, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or media@ph.lacounty.gov

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or slunn@weho.org.

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