SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — City and county golf courses in Spokane are closed following Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s issuing of a “stay-at-home” order this week.
Spokane County spokesperson Jared Webley said the golf courses will be closed until further notice. City and county parks remain open for now, but this is subject to change, Webley said.
The county recently announced the closure of all playgrounds to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The announcement comes as all of Washington's state-run parks, wildlife areas, water access areas, and DNR-managed land are closed for at least two weeks.
Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is closing all public lands that it manages through at least April 8. DNR manages nearly 6 million acres.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife manages about 1 million acres of land, 33 wildlife areas, and nearly 500 water access sites.
Inslee's "stay-at-home" order is in effect for residents and businesses, and will last at least two weeks.
People may still run imperative errands and go outside, such as walks and gardening, while maintaining a safe social distance from others. Only essential businesses may remain open to the public.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and restaurants offering take-out are among the essential businesses that will be allowed to remain open. State officials urged residents to not rush these businesses and to not hoard supplies.
The state has posted a list of types of "essential industries," which includes the workforce in healthcare, emergency services, grocery workers, to-go restaurants, postal and shipping workers, customer service for banks and many more.