LOS ANGELES - All outdoor sports amenities at Recreation and Parks facilities in Los Angeles were closed to the public Friday in order to maintain social distancing during the "stay at home" order in effect in the city.
The closure applies to all skate parks, tennis courts, baseball fields and basketball courts, but parks will remain open for walking or running. Users must maintain at least six feet between individuals at all times, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
"Our parks remain incredible resources for healthy activity -- but we've seen too many people in unsafe crowds for outdoor activities during this emergency,'' Garcetti said. "Angelenos are safer at home right now. When we go out for fresh air and exercise, it should be in our own neighborhoods and at a safe distance from other people.''
The mayor previously announced the closure of Runyon and Bronson canyons and the Venice Pier, as well as all city recreation centers, golf courses, playgrounds, pools, senior centers and beach parking lots.
Garcetti also directed city departments to relax parking and law enforcement violations for vehicle registration and expired driver's license during the "stay at home" order.
"People need to stay in their homes except for the most unavoidable outside tasks and Angelenos don't need to be worried about renewing tags and driver's licenses right now," Garcetti said.