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Posted on: March 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Our Courts and Ball Fields are Opening!

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With recent changes to County and State Order, we are now opening our basketball courts, softball and baseball fields, and soccer fields.  We anticipate that all fields will be open byImage of Gilroy staff installing basketball hoops Saturday, March 13, 2021. Drinking fountains will remain closed. Please help to protect the health and safety of our community when using these fields by following the County and State guidelines to help keep our outdoor sports areas safe, open, and fun.

As certain activities are allowed to resume, the County Health Officer urges residents to proceed with caution.  Just because the State allows certain activities to resume or adopts certain COVID protocols, that does not mean that those activities are safe from catching or spreading the virus.  In fact, the State’s health orders allow many activities that by their nature put participants at a greater risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The City of Gilroy is happy to be able to open up our sports fields to our community but urge participants in these outdoor activities to use good judgement and to follow all guidelines and core principles.

General requirements from the State for all sports under the current guidelines include:

  1. Wear Face Coverings: both participants and observers should wear face coverings as outlined in the State’s guidelines
  2. Maintain Physical Distancing: maintain at least six feet of distance between sport participants and others to the maximum extent possible
  3. Get Tested Regularly: weekly testing of sports participants and coaches while participating in outdoor high-contact sports is strongly encouraged
  4. Perform Hygiene and Equipment Sanitation: when equipment is shared during an activity, participants should wash or sanitize hands before play, during breaks, and after the conclusion of the activity 
  5. Limit Observation: observation of youth sports is limited to immediate household members and physical distancing should be maintained
  6. Train Outdoors: physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training is limited to those activities that can be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of physical distancing, and within stable cohorts

For detailed information regarding the guidelines please visit the California Department of Public Health website


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