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Recreational Sports Update

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm: Indoor recreational and league sports are closed. Outdoor groups can have no more than 10 with 6ft of distance between non-household contacts.

 

Due to an increase in cases associated with recreational sports, and difficulty contact tracing these types of activities, we now require rosters and schedules be submitted for all recreational sports. 

 

All teams and facilities participating in recreational and league sports must submit complete rosters, schedules, location of games/practices and contact information (to include names, phone numbers and email addresses) of all team members or parents of youth who participate prior to the teams playing in any league events, including practice. Failure of parents, facilities, coaches and/or team organizers to cooperate with contact tracing may result in the league or season being suspended or canceled. 

Recreational Sports Roster Reporting for Teams

Recreational League Sports Form for Facilities

 

General Recreation

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm: 10% capacity, 10 indoors per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations required.

Recreation that is open:

  • Pools - 10% capacity, max 10 people
  • Playgrounds-up to 10 people at a time
  • Personal recreation-maintain physical distancing
  • Recreation equipment rentals
  • Tennis courts and golf courses-No groups over 10 people and maintain physical distancing. Do not share equipment (such as golf carts) and properly sanitize.
  • Local trails, bike paths and trailheads
  • Local and municipal parks and greenspaces

These may have limited capacity.

Organized recreational sports

Organized youth recreational and adult amateur leagues, club sports, interscholastic, and other organization-sponsored athletics must adhere to state and local orders and restrictions, and operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as specified in the guidance below. The transmission control strategies for COVID-19 that follow can be applied to other settings where physical activity and forced exhalation occur, and parks and recreation staff (or their equivalent) and state sporting governing bodies are encouraged to enforce these guidelines.

Sports settings such as professional or collegiate entities should adhere to the specific guidelines for their governing body and specifications in public health orders.

Effective Tuesday, 11/24, at 5:00pm: 

Indoors: Closed

Outdoors: Groups of 10 or less with 6ft of distance between non-household contact

See Organized Youth Sports detailed requirements and guidance here.

More information and guidance for high school sports can be found on the Colorado High School Activities Association website.

Levels of Risk

The more people a child or coach interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Therefore, the risk of COVID-19 spread can be different, depending on the type of activity. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth sports settings as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Increasing Risk: Team-based practice.
  • More Risk: Within-team competition.
  • Even More Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

To determine which sports are safer to play during COVID-19, consider:

  • Physical closeness of players during play
  • Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear
  • Ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in play such as when on the bench or sideline
  • Age of the player and their ability to comply with social distancing and other protective actions
  • Size of the team and field of play
  • Presence of nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers during practices or games
  • Travel required outside of the local community

Sports that require frequent closeness or contact between players may make it more difficult to maintain social distancing and therefore may present increased risk for COVID-19 spread. For close-contact sports like wrestling or basketball, play may be modified to safely increase distance between players.

For sports that are normally played indoors such as hockey and gymnastics, coaches can focus on individual skill building or conditioning in lieu of team-based practice, limit the number of players or athletes in the facility at one time so they can space out by at least 6 feet, or conduct modified practices outdoors.

For more information about risk and recommended precautions to take, visit the CDC website.

Camping

  • Confirm the area you are intending to camp is open prior to planning a trip. Many agencies have not yet opened areas or campsites. 
  • Camping should be limited to one household per campsite.
  • No group camping (camping with multiple households all in the same general area) allowed, in individual campsites or group campsites.
  • Perform frequent cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces
  • Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite.
  • Use personal camping equipment (no rentals or “loaned” items).
  • Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except for emergency situations. 
  • Be prepared and plan ahead for extremely limited facilities, as many will be closed or reduced access. You must pack out your trash and waste. 
  • Do not camp if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.

For information on what is and is not open in Larimer County for trails, natural areas, lakes, and parks, please visit the website for the area you are interested in visiting.