New City Executive Order Officially Lifts Closure of WeHo Parks, Parklets and Dog Parks

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The City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Paul Arevalo, issued a seventh Emergency Executive Order (2020-7) lifting the closure of WeHo parks, parklets, and dog parks today.

While WeHo parks have been in use as the City gradually opens to the pubic, the new Emergency Executive Order makes it official. Dog Parks now have social distancing markings to remind dog owners to keep a 6 foot distance from other individuals.

Other restrictions apply:

  1.  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 would also like to remind the public to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 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.

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. WeHo 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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