The city of Waterloo's three public golf courses will reopen Saturday, April 25, but not all city facilities will be welcoming visitors. In a statement released late Friday afternoon, the city announced limited openings of its public golf courses, tennis courts and dog park. The statement from Mayor Quentin Hart's office says the decision was based on Governor Reynold's metrics that she has been using to grade the state's regions.
The statement says Region Six, which includes Black Hawk County, has dropped from ten to nine on the statewide scale and as a result certain public facilities will reopen. But the mayor's statement comes with a caution, as he reminds residents that they must continue to observe social distancing and engage in frequent hand washing as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the county.
Hart says, "This is no time to let down our guard or believe that we are moving back to normal. We are in the midst of the battle, the eye of the storm. Our neighbors are suffering from the virus and its economic implications.” “Please, use caution, compassion, and common sense.”
Of the public facilities that will reopen, including Gates Park, Irv Warren and South Hills golf courses, "...strict adherence to cleaning protocols, hygiene, and social distancing and recreational contact with household members only" is expected.
The mayor's statement offered the following bullet points as a guideline:
- Continue to be extremely vigilant about social distancing and frequent hand washing while we are in the surge of cases. The structure of the virus is very susceptible to soap and disinfectants, so washing hands for 20 seconds will remove the virus from your hands.
- Wear a mask when you are out in public.
- Do not gather with anyone other than those residing in your home.
- Do not go to stores if the trip is not essential for food or medicine. Send only one person to the store; leave others at home, especially children. These measures protect you and the essential employees working at the stores.
The city's public dog park is the Pat Bowlsby dog park on Campbell Avenue, its public tennis courts are located at the Byrnes Park Tennis Center.