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DELRAY BEACH CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 27, 2020

Post Date:04/27/2020 7:17 PM

In coordination with Palm Beach County, the City of Delray Beach will begin a phased and gradual reopening of City parks and golf courses, with restrictions, effective Wednesday, April 29, 2020. CDC and Florida Health Department guidelines will remain in effect to ensure the safety of residents and park employees, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Beaches remain closed until further notice.

 

PUBLIC PARKS AND NATURAL AREAS REOPENING GUIDELINES

Public parks and natural areas reopening guidelines:

·           City of Delray Beach parks, and natural areas, with the exception of beach parks, shall reopen provided that CDC Guidelines, including all social distancing guidelines, are practiced.

·           Police, park rangers, and designated staff shall patrol parks and monitor and ensure compliance with physical distancing guidelines.

·           Parks shall follow CDC Guidelines to keep open facilities clean and sanitized. Restroom availability may be limited.

·           Park hours shall be sunrise to sunset unless further modified by appropriate authorities.

·           Natural areas, trails, jogging paths (one-way, unidirectional) are only open for walking, running, strolling, biking, and equestrian riding, where otherwise allowed.

·           Other available amenities such as fishing, canoeing/kayaking, freshwater boat ramps, are permitted as long as CDC Guidelines , such as social distancing, are practiced.

·           Municipal swimming pools shall reopen provided that CDC Guidelines, including all social distancing guidelines, are adhered to:

▪ Locker rooms shall not be available except for restroom use.

▪ Recreational programming, organized sports, or activities are prohibited.

 

Restriction of recreational activities in public parks and natural areas:

·           All park playgrounds, play & exercise equipment shall remain closed.

·           Picnic pavilions shall remain closed.

·           Use of water fountains is prohibited.

·           Basketball courts shall be open for individual practice only. Only three (3) players per half court shall be allowed. Competitive team games are prohibited. Each player must bring his/her basketball and there shall be no shared use of equipment.

·           Tennis and pickle ball courts shall be open for singles play only.

·           Indoor events are prohibited, the following recreation buildings remain closed:

▪ Pompey Park Community 

▪ Delray Beach Community Center

▪ Veterans Park Community Center

▪ Catherine Strong Community Center

▪ 505 Teen Center

·           Skate parks shall remain closed.

·           Field sports are prohibited.

·           Recreational programming, organized sports, or activities are prohibited.

·           Congregating in groups of 10 or more persons is prohibited.

·           Use of shared sports equipment is prohibited.

·           Spectator events are prohibited.

·           Food and beverage concessions are prohibited

 

BOATING AND WATERWAY ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS

Boat Ramps will open with the following restrictions:

·           Ramps will be open from sunrise to sunset daily

·           1 boat per launch ramp at a time. Vessels must be prepared in advance to launch (plug secured, dock lines tied, safety equipment and provisions already onboard)

·           All passengers must board the vessel once it is launched.

·           Upon returning to the dock all passengers must remain on the vessel until the boat is ready to be loaded unto the trailer. Once loaded, the passenger(s) shall return to their vehicles and exit the launch facility together,

·           No gatherings of 10 or more people.

·           Boats must remain 50 feet apart all times.

·           No anchoring in the shallow sandbars.

·           No gatherings of 10 or more people

·           No boat shall exceed the maximum persons capacity per “minimum capacity label”

DELRAY BEACH MUNICIPAL AND LAKEVIEW GOLF COURSES

Golf Course Requirements:

·           Play shall be set-up for walking, single-rider golf cart, or shared cart for families living in the same household. Course staff shall confirm household verification by ID. Shared carts shall be marked and identified by a small colored flag to indicate verified family sharing.

·           For the purpose of allowing golfers the opportunity to warm-up before play, a course's practice driving range may open. Use of the range will be limited only to a period of time immediately prior to a player's scheduled start.  To accommodate social distancing guidelines, the driving range shall be set up so that golfers are spaced at least 10 feet apart and golfers shall not congregate on or near the driving range.

·           Players shall arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to tee times.

·           Staff shall not handle bags, clubs, or other equipment, or transport these items to and from parking lot: players will be responsible for bringing their golf equipment to a designated area.

·           Clubhouses shall remain closed: no indoor events will be conducted.

·           All League, Clinic, Camp, Youth and other organized activities remain suspended.

·           Caddy service shall not be available.

·           Restaurants may remain open for take-out service only.

·           In the event that golf course restaurants are open for take-out service, designated signage shall be placed on carts and around the clubhouse with the phone number to call for food orders and an explanation of how to pay, if such service is offered by the facility.

·           Locker rooms shall not be available except for restroom use.

·           There shall be no club storage or retrieval by staff except as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

·           Golf Pro Shops shall remain closed.  Check-in and payment shall be made at reception in compliance with the CDC Guidelines available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing and in Attachment 1, as amended. Remote check-in and payment procedures are encouraged. At a minimum, separate entry and exit doors shall be designated to facilitate payment.

·           Club Staff should wear protective equipment as recommended by the CDC Guidelines.

·           Tee times shall be maintained at a minimum of 12-minute intervals for purposes of social distancing.

·           Roaming food and beverage carts shall not be allowed.

·           Designated signage shall be placed outside the pro-shop and clubhouse outlining the social distancing and facial covering mandates of the CDC Guidelines.

·           A swimming "noodle" or similar device shall be used to fill the hole, or the cup will be raised an inch above ground to prevent the ball from going in the hole. Players shall be informed not to touch or remove flagsticks from the cups at all times.

·           Rakes in all bunkers shall be removed: the USGA suggests golfers play preferred lie and players to "rake" with their feet.

·           All sand containers, scorecards, pencils, tees, towels, coolers, or other shared materials shall be removed from golf carts and only issued to individuals when requested from starter. Where appropriate, such items shall thereafter be discarded after their initial use. Non-disposal items shall be thoroughly disinfected by staff prior to use by subsequent golfers.

·           All ball washers accessible to players will be removed or locked down.

·           When playing, golfers shall practice social distancing per the CDCGuidelines.

·           On-course and club restrooms shall be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.

·           Soap and water, or hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes, shall be provided in each restroom.

·           All portable water stations shall be removed. Pre-wired water stations may be used to fill water containers. Golfers shall be instructed to use their gloved hand for water access.

·           Golfers shall be instructed to bring their own water and bottles for proper hydration; restrictions are lifted for personal coolers containing water.

·           Golf carts shall be cleaned and disinfected after each round.

·           Players shall not congregate after play. Players shall leave the golf facility immediately upon completion of play.

·           Courses shall distribute course rules and the list of Golfer Responsibilities upon check-in.

 

Golfer Responsibilities:

·           Players shall arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to tee times.

·           Staff shall not handle bags, clubs, or other equipment, or transport these items to and from parking lot: players will be responsible for bringing their golf equipment to a designated area.

·           Players shall not touch or remove flagsticks from the cups at any time (any putts that hit the swimming "noodle" or similar device used to fill the hole, or the cup, will be considered holed).

·           Rakes in all bunkers shall be removed by golf course staff: the USGA suggests golfers play preferred lie and players to "rake" with their feet.

·           When playing, golfers should maximize physical distance per CDC Guidelines at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing and attached to Palm Beach County Emergency Order No. 5, including any amendments thereto. All players shall stay at least six (6) feet apart at all times, and a course ranger or other staff member shall monitor player compliance on the course.

·           Play is set-up for walking, single-rider golf cart, or shared cart for families living in the same household. Course staff shall confirm household verification by IDs, supplied by golfers. Shared carts shall be marked and identified by a small colored flag to indicate verified family sharing.

·           Golfers shall bring their own water bottles and personal coolers containing water for proper hydration. On-course beverage cart service shall not be available. When utilizing pre-wired water stations to fill water containers, golfers shall use their gloved hand for water access.

·           Golfers are encouraged to change shoes in the parking lot and bring their own hand sanitizer.

·           All golfers shall not congregate after play and shall leave the golf facility immediately upon completion of play to eliminate congestion and gathering on the property or in the parking lot.

 

TENNIS COURTS

Tennis and outdoor racquet facilities shall reopen. All CDC Guidelines, including all social distancing guidelines, will be enforced. In addition, the following restrictions shall apply:

·           Singles play only is permitted. No congregating on the court or sidelines is permitted.

·           Locker room and shower facilities shall remain closed. Restrooms must be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Soap and water or hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes shall be provided in each restroom.

·           It is the responsibility of staff or management to ensure compliance with this order.

·           Tennis and pickle ball courts shall be open for singles play only.

 

For more information or to view the City’s Emergency Declaration and Resolutions, please visit: delraybeachfl.gov/COVID-19

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