COVID-19 Stage 2 Reopening | What’s Open, What’s Not

As the City South Pasadena slowly reopens businesses in face of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important for residents to know what’s available to them and what is still off limits

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | Businesses on Mission St in South Pasadena

It’s okay to stroll or cycle down a trail, visit local businesses for curbside service, and head back to tennis courts or swing a club at the city’s golf course.

Slowly, South Pasadena is reopening as residents are awakening to a new day after weeks of being sequestered in homes due to stay at home orders mandated by state and county officials.

Yet, plenty of safety rules are in place to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

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L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, says “Masks are, in fact, mandatory across the entire county when you’re outside of your home, not with members of your household and in any kind of contact with other people.”

South Pasadenans and county residents should wear face coverings when they are out among other people, “whether it be at a trailhead or a parking lot or a sidewalk,” she added during a recent media briefing.

Ferrer said face coverings are mandatory across the entire county when people are outside their home, noting individuals “now need to have a face covering with you, because if you came by other people, you were walking by other people, you tried to go into a grocery store, you absolutely have to have that face covering on.”

The Los Angeles County Health Department has amended the Safer at Home order to allow limited retail to begin operations.

Retailers, including those in South Pasadena, are allowed to sell everything from books, clothing, toys, flowers, music and sporting goods through for curbside pickup while complying with strict guidelines due to the coronavirus.

Foremost is patron and employee safety. 

“Curbside pickup means customers may not be allowed into the store for browsing, trying on clothes, or payment,” wrote South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe on the city’s website. “In addition, customers and staff are required to wear cloth face coverings and adhere to social distancing at all times. And, proper infection control measures must be in place including strict cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and allowing employees to wash their hands often.”

DeWolfe encouraged residents to check with their favorite retailers or the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to find out which stores would be opening in the near future.

Arroyo Seco Golf Course

Earlier this month, Arroyo Seco Golf Course and driving range opened. To ensure the safety of patrons, DeWolfe says cloth face coverings must be worn by all golfers. Social distancing will be in place all times and tee times will be staggered to avoid crowding. The miniature golf course at the facility is also open with the same guidelines in place. The restaurant at the course is closed, but prepackaged snacks are available. To schedule a tee time, call (323) 255-1506.

Public Tennis Courts Open

Public tennis courts in South Pasadena are open, including those at  Garfield and Orange Grove Parks and The Arroyo Seco Racquet Club.

The following rules, defined by the county, must be followed:

• Group lessons are not permitted;

• Players must remain six feet from each other;

• Each court has a maximum of one hour of play;

  • Players must leave the vicinity immediately following play;

• Spectators and gatherings around the courts or near benches is not permitted;

• Players must wear masks when not playing and in the vicinity of other people;

• Each participant must bring their own can of balls with their initials on each ball.

Trails and Dog Park Open

Trails and the dog park in South Pasadena are now open with social distancing practices in place. “Park users over the age of two are required to wear a cloth face covering at trailheads, parking lots, within the dog park and while on trails,” wrote DeWolfe on the city website. “All sports amenities are closed until further notice, including but not limited to playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts, and tennis courts.”