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COVID-19: Soft Opening of Golf Courses and Some Outdoor Activities

Post Date:04/21/2020 8:30 AM

Riverside County Public Health announced yesterday private and public golf courses in Riverside County closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to operate, but with certain restrictions under a revised order.

The county further clarified that parks and trails remain open, including parking lots. Social distancing and face coverings must be maintained at all times. Allowed outdoor activities include hiking, biking and equestrian activities and other non-contact outdoor activities such as tennis and golf.

Outdoor activities that remain prohibited include the use of picnic tables, playgrounds, team sports or other similar public events and gatherings. 

The order is effective April 20th after it was signed by Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health officer, and George Johnson, director of emergency services for the county. It amends an April 2 order that closed private and public golf courses in Riverside County.

“Play is being cautiously reopened for observation,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer.

The initial order was issued as part of the county’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected more than 2,800 people in Riverside County and caused 85 deaths.

“After consulting with public health officials and local leadership, we have made modifications for golf and other forms of recreational activity, such as use of parks, trails and outdoor areas for hiking, biking, pickle ball and tennis to resume,” said Chair V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor. “With proper safety guidelines, our residents can benefit from healthy activities that promote physical exercise, wellness and behavioral health so long as physical distancing is practiced. We will continue to listen and base decisions on thorough review, best practices, data and science.”

Some of the restrictions include:

• Play shall be limited to foursomes that will be required to observe social distancing (six feet separation between players at all times).
• No caddies.
• No large gatherings, including fundraisers or tournaments, will be permitted before June 20, 2020.
• Face coverings, such as scarves, bandanas and neck gaiters, shall be worn by players and workers.
• No in-person dining will be allowed at clubhouses.

To view a copy of the Riverside County Public Health Order, click here.

The City of Corona will continue to work closely with local, state, and federal public health agencies regarding COVID-19 to ensure the wellbeing of our community. 

City of Corona COVID-19 Quick Links

For additional resources, please contact our COVID-19 Information Line by calling (951) 817-5800, texting (833) 482-0029, or emailing COVID19info@CoronaCA.gov.

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