The Poway City Council will consider a move to temporarily relax restrictions at city parks to make outdoor spaces available for houses of worship and fitness-oriented businesses. A special council meeting was announced for Wednesday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus initiated the idea in response to the state’s action on Monday that expanded the list of indoor activities put on hold in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“In Poway we often think outside the box, this time we’re thinking outside the walls,” said Mayor Vaus. “Last week we offered restaurants a lifeline through the simple act of loaning picnic tables and the outpouring of support in Poway was overwhelming. Given the current mandates, we need to look for creative and safe ways to help keep more ‘doors’ open in Poway. We’ve got the space at our parks to offer this, at no cost, with minimal impact on other park users.”
The City of Poway currently does not allow commercial use of city parks. The action being considered would be for a temporary change of policy for the duration of the restriction on indoor activity. Use of park space, at no cost, would be limited to Poway-based houses of worship, and fitness organization with a current Poway business certificate and commercial insurance. Use of city parks would require that all COVID-19 safety guidelines be adhered to, including rules regarding face coverings and social distancing.
While City offices remain closed to the public, including Council Chambers, council meetings are open for virtual participation, including participating by phone or viewing online.