Fresno

Fresno reopens its golf courses

Fresnans can dust off their golf clubs and hit the links once again.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced Monday that golf courses are allowed to reopen after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public courses Airways and Riverside are open immediately, and other courses can reopen as soon as they address social distancing protocols.

The protocols the city is requiring are the following:

  • Maintaining social distancing in the clubhouse, pro shop and tees and greens.
  • All golfers must walk the course, unless carts are necessary to meet ADA requirements.
  • All pull carts must be washed and sanitized before each use.
  • Maximum of 4 players per tee time.
  • Tee times should be spaced to regulate the number of players on the course at any time.
  • Food and beverage areas should be open for grab-and-go service or delivery.

The city announced that it will also reopen disc golf at Woodward Park as soon as it posts signage with the appropriate health and social distancing protocols.

Dentists, physicians told to follow local, state guidelines and licensing agencies

Brand also announced that he has clarified the city’s policy on medical and dental services.

Medical and dental services should defer to the county for guidance regarding their services.

This includes health care providers such as doctors, dentists, mental health professionals, nurses, optometrists and hospice care.

The city came to this conclusion after discussions with the Fresno County Department of Public Health and local health care officials.

Fresno’s shelter-in-place order does not include any directive for medical services, but the city’s list of essential and nonessential businesses listed the healthcare providers as essential. However, certain services like eye exams and teeth cleaning were deemed nonessential.

Based on Brand’s announcement, medical providers can resume nonessential health services by following the county’s health and safety guidelines and those issued by their licensing agencies.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.