As the number of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, and related hospitalizations, has begun to decline, the City of West Hollywood is opening up more and more.
On Monday, the city will reopen the Helen Albert Farmers’ Market at Plummer Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with new coronavirus safety measures in effect. Today, the city offered more details on options for using West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park.
The Farmers’ Market features organic and farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and fresh fish. The city will implement a priority “Senior Hour” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., which will allow customers ages 55+ to have priority access to the market. Seniors may approach the front of the line near the entrance during this time.
The market is located at the north parking lot of Plummer Park at 1200 N. Vista Street. While attending the Farmers’ Market, all customers, vendors, and staff are required to wear protective face coverings in accordance with City of West Hollywood requirements. One-hour parking is available adjacent to the market in the north parking lot for customers only. Three-hour parking is also available in the south lot of Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
In order to maintain safety protocols at the Farmers’ Market, there will be one entrance on North Vista Street. Due to the limited number of customers allowed inside the market at once, the queue to enter will maintain social distancing of at least six feet and wrap north to the corner of North Vista Street and Fountain Avenue.
The following safety guidelines will be enforced:
- Practice safe physical distancing of at least six feet;
- Face coverings must be worn covering your nose and mouth at all times; There will be no entrance/no service without a facial covering;
- Practice appropriate cough and hand hygiene (cough into your elbow; wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently);
- The market will have a maximum capacity of 25 customers at a time via controlled entry and exit points; and
- Customers are asked to not touch the products; allowing only vendors to handle the produce/products before buying.
- The city encourages customers to limit interactions with other customers and vendors and to move through the Farmers’ Market as quickly as possible in order to allow for others waiting for entrance to have an opportunity to shop. Please stay home if you are sick or you are in a high-risk group. Safety guidelines will be strictly enforced to ensure the Farmers’ Market remains in compliance with city, county, and state guidelines.
The city announced on Aug. 12 that it was reopening West Hollywood Park and Plumer Park, which had been closed to the public on July 23 because many visitors weren’t wearing mandatory face coverings. Those wanting to visit the parks were asked to make a reservation. However, the city announced today that visitors at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park may also use non-reserved park areas without a reservation for passive recreation on a drop-in basis. Reservations are required at Plummer Park in the Vista Lawn and Fuller Lawn areas and at West Hollywood Park in the Great Lawn area.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Visitors will be guided to numbered spaces outlined in the grass and Individuals can book a space for a two-hour block between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. There is no cost to reserve a park space.
Reservations may be made by visiting Active Net, the West Hollywood Recreation Park and Facility reservation system. Those wishing to make a reservation must have an Active Net account, which can be easily created at the above link. Individuals will receive a confirmation email when their reservation is approved. Information about all other City of West Hollywood Recreation programs can be found online.
Use of all City parks, whether by reservation or on a drop-in basis, is subject to compliance with park guidelines, which are:
- Physical distancing of six feet between groups that are not part of the same household is required. Avoid crowded areas.
- Organized activities and group fitness classes, yoga instruction, dog training and personal training sessions are not permitted in any city park, including neighborhood parks.
- Face coverings are required.
- Water fountains will remain closed. Members of the public are encouraged to bring water from home.
- Bathrooms remain closed.
- Visitors must leave the area clean and remove all personal items and trash before leaving park.
- Playground and exercise equipment remain closed.
This is great news. All other Farmers Markets have been open.
How about some news on air quality and global warming?