Napa Modifies Restrictions For Golf Courses, Landscaping

Napa County has eased a few of its shelter-in-place restrictions, marking the first retreat of those limitations among counties in the Bay Area.

The modifications to the order are effective immediately.

Construction, landscaping and gardening not purely for cosmetic reasons, drive-in religious services and in-person real estate showings are all allowed to resume with proper social distancing. Golf courses and driving ranges can also open, provided they comply with requirements like physical distancing on the course and no equipment sharing.

Officials do, however, continue to strongly recommend wearing face coverings when in public settings.

Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley General Manager Logan Songer told KCBS Radio home showings will be up to the current residents.

"That’s obviously a personal decision for the clients on whether they’re comfortable with the new shelter-in-place order and we’re going to respect each and everybody’s decision," Songer said.

Songer’s firm will still limit the showing to two buyers from the same household and only one agent.

Interestingly, Songer said they have a lot of clients who have been waiting for restrictions to lift like this in order to put their homes on the market.

"We’ve obviously been spending more time in our own houses and finding out what we like and maybe what we don’t like," Songer said. "You’ll see some people wanting to make some moves because of this, both locally, but also from outside the area who maybe want a change in lifestyle, a little more space and a little more room for them to go hiking or biking."

Napa was among the last counties to put restrictions into place on March 20 and is now the first in the Bay Area to begin easing them.

Read the full revised order here.