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City of West Hollywood Issues Emergency Executive Order 2020-7 to Re-Open City Parks, Parklets, and Dog Parks

Post Date:June 15, 2020 3:48 PM

Generic Update - COVID19 (Square)The 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 seventh Emergency Executive Order (2020-7) lifting the closure of City of West Hollywood parks, parklets, and dog parks.

Full text of Emergency Executive Order 2020-7 is available on the City’s website (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=46527

Emergency Executive Order 2020-7 allows City parks and parklets to reopen to the public, subject to compliance with the following guidelines:

  1. Physical distancing of six feet between groups that are not part of the same household is required. Avoid crowded areas. Due to physical distancing requirements, organized group fitness classes and personal training sessions are not permitted in city parks. 
  2. Face coverings are required in accordance with Executive Order 2020-3.
  3. Water fountains shall remain closed. Members of the public are encouraged to bring water from home.  
  4. Bathrooms will remain closed. Members of the public are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer or a zip bag with soapy water and wash cloth to wash hands before and after using the park. 
  5. All personal items and trash shall be removed before leaving the park. 
  6. Playground and exercise equipment shall remain closed. 

At this time, the City is permitting park activities that ensure safety and encourage physical (social) distancing, consistent with current Los Angeles County Public Health Orders. Due to this, basketball courts, exercise equipment, and playgrounds remain closed.

Signs will be posted at entrances of parks to notify the public of park use guidelines and to remind community members to not visit public parks if feeling sick and/or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.

Emergency Executive Order 2020-7 also permits the dog parks at West Hollywood Park and William S. Hart Park & Off-Leash Dog Park (Hart Park) to reopen, subject to compliance with the following guidelines:

  1. Face coverings are required in accordance with Executive Order 2020-3.
  2. Balls, toys, and any other shared animal equipment are not permitted. 
  3. Physical distancing of six feet between groups that are not part of the same household is required. Avoid crowded areas.  
  4. Water stations shall remain turned off. Water and water bowls shall be brought from home. 
  5. All personal items and trash shall be removed before leaving the park. 

Signs will be posted at the entrances to dog parks to notify the public of dog park use guidelines.

The City of West Hollywood reminds community members that we're all in this together and keeping parks clean, safe, and open during the coronavirus pandemic is a collective effort that depends on park users doing their part. The City advises park users:

  • Do not gather in groups with people outside of your household;
  • Use required face coverings;
  • Maintain social (physical) distancing of at least six feet;
  • Communicate to let others know you are there and step aside to let others pass safely; and
  • Pick up your trash to protect others.

Community members must not enter parks, dog parks, or parklets in the City of West Hollywood 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.

The City approved a Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency on March 16, 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There are four City of West Hollywood Emergency Executive Orders prior to 2020-7, which implement emergency measures related to COVID-19; these Orders will remain in effect for the duration of the Local Emergency:

  • 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 the requirement of face coverings while in public in the City of West Hollywood; and
  • Executive Order No 2020-4 established the re-opening of tennis courts for singles play and allowed for City Council meetings to be held telephonically.

While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk. The City urges everyone to maintain your space, and cover your face. West Hollywood residents are encouraged to remain home as much as is practical and limit close contact with others outside of a household; always use social (physical) distancing of at least six feet; and follow City requirements for the use of face coverings in public.

Public Health officials recommend cloth face coverings so that medical-grade and N95 masks may be prioritized in the supply chain for healthcare workers and first responders. Face coverings are not required for young children under two-years-old; children between two- and eight-years-old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision; and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from this requirement.

Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain at home whenever possible. People in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities. 

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. Most public City buildings, playgrounds, 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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