The City Grants Permission to Re-Open WeHo Tennis Courts at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park

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2017 WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament Photo provided courtesy of the City of West Hollywood - Photo credit: Jonathan Moore

City of West Hollywood issued an Emergency Executive Order to permit WeHo tennis courts to re-open at West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park. According to the Order, the recent re-opening complies with Tennis Reopening Guidelines. WeHo requires face coverings be worn in public to abide by guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The new Order provides exceptions for tennis singles play while maintaining social distancing. Doubles play is not permitted per current LA County Health Regulations.

The WeHo 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.

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.

Re-opening of the WeHo 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.

WeHo tennis courts reservations may be made online by visiting www.itennisweho.com. For Plummer Park Tennis Courts information and hours of operation, visit: www.weho.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/8/773. For West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts information and hours of operation, visit: www.weho.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/13/773.

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.

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