Monday night, Palm Springs released a statement announcing that the city's golf courses, public and private, will remain closed.
Monday afternoon, Riverside County officials announced an amendment to a public health order that would allow for golf courses in the county to be opened with some restrictions.
Despite the restrictions, this was just the news that golfers around the Coachella Valley were anxiously waiting to hear, however, those in Palm Springs will have to continue to wait.
Riverside County's order placed certain restrictions in order to allow golf to return.
- 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.
Palm Springs has its own public health order, which includes shutting down all golf courses. According to the city, Riverside County's order applies to cities that don't have their own emergency order and unincorporated areas of Riverside County.
So with Palm Springs' order still in effect, the city' golf courses along with tennis and pickleball courts within public parks will remain closed.
Tennis courts, pickleball, and basketball courts, located on private property, may be opened.
Palm Springs city officials also wrote that they weren't consulted by the County for this amended order. The city's officials say they will be reviewing Riverside County’s amended order in order to determine the "interplay and impacts of the County’s orders."
"The County’s amended orders do not specifically address common area pools and spas located within common areas of apartments and HOAs," reads Palm Springs message.
The Palm Springs City Council is scheduled to discuss the City’s current emergency orders, including those dealing with golf courses and other outdoor recreational facilities, at its next meeting which will be on Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.
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