By Anna Giles


PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — People are looking for signs that life might go back to normal, and on Thursday night, Placer County gave a glimmer of hope.

The health department is easing restrictions on outdoor activities that were banned in the county public health order.

Residents are still ordered to stay home except to perform essential activities, but the amended order allows some outdoor activities and businesses to resume if physical distancing guidelines are followed. Currently, the order is set to be in effect until May 1.

Golf is one of the outdoor activities that is now permitted in Placer County under the amended order. Previously, Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson ordered all golf courses, tennis pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts, shooting and archery ranges, and disc golf courses to close.

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Now the golf courses and outdoor shooting and archery ranges can be open if they follow specific guidelines. Disc Golf courses can also stay open, but players may not make contact with the baskets. Additionally, tennis, pickleball, basketball,
and volleyball courts can only be used by members of the same household.

“I don’t think you can keep people cooped up forever. it just drives people crazy when you do that,” said Paul Gollender, a Roseville resident who said he’s optimistic this could be a sign of good things to come. “Golfing just might be about the safest thing you can do. You’ve got one person in your cart the second person is five minutes behind you.”

David Hueffneier is a fan of golf, but he’s not sure if he’d go to the courses when they reopen. If the county considers reopening anything else, he hopes they do so carefully.

“They need to be wise decisions. I would say so. So it shouldn’t be overreacting now and opening up everything but should be done step by step,” he said.

Dog owners are also allowed to bring their furry friends back to the dog parks, but all seating areas will be closed down and hand sanitizer is required at entrances and exits. Owners are also required to bring their own water and waste bags.

The last major amendment applies to landscapers and gardeners who were prohibited from routine lawn mowing and cosmetic care in the previous order. If they follow physical distancing practices and clean shared equipment, they are allowed to resume cosmetic lawn care. Additionally, crew members must travel in separate vehicles unless they live in the same household.

The amended order goes into effect at midnight Thursday.

The health department reports 130 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 8 deaths and also notes that this health crisis has substantially worsened in the last month. However, it appears health leaders are giving people a change to blow off a little extra steam, with the understanding there’s still a long battle ahead.

Comments
  1. Bill G says:

    Hey David Hueffneier, please do not go back and play golf ok? Tee times are hard to come by these days! So wait a year or two until things are completely “safe”. Unless of course you die driving to the course, or have a tree limb fall on you once there, or get hit by a ball in the head, or fall in your garage putting your clubs away and hit you head.

    See David, life is simply full of risks. Golf is hardly one of them. For that matter neither is this virus so much based on the numbers. Less than 1% people catching it and less than .0001% dying from it. And you are scared of it. Sad.

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