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Recreational Sports Update

Recreational sports will be limited to players who reside in Larimer County and neighboring counties (Weld, Boulder). 

 

Organized recreational and league sports are limited to 2 spectators per player with no more than 50% of capacity, up to 100 spectators in indoor facilities and 175 in outdoor facilities.

 

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
Recreation programs and/or facilities that believe they can operate safely under the current guidance can submit a plan to Larimer County Health Department that shows their ability to meet:

  • Strict physical distancing criteria of 6 feet or more.
  • Operate at 50% capacity or less.
  • Limit gathering size to the current local limitation.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces and restrooms, and posting signs to ensure physical/social distancing in restrooms. 
  • Removal or blocking off of any areas that encourage group gatherings. Seating areas, playgrounds, etc., in common areas must be removed or blocked off to prevent gathering in these areas. 
  • Not allowing on-premise consumption of food and beverages.
  • Symptom screening upon arrival to work, and face mask requirements for employees. Depending on the business sector all guidelines for that business type must be followed. 
  • Posting signs throughout on requirements for physical/social distancing.
  • Employees who are symptomatic must be excluded from the workplace and required to isolate for 10 days. They should be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 either through a local provider or Larimer County’s community wide testing. 

Submit a plan here.

Organized recreational sports

Checklist required for organized recreational sports.  This does not need to be submitted but completed and available upon request. 

  • Organized youth or adult recreational sports leagues in groups of up to 25 players, excluding coaches and referees/umpires, are permitted.
  • Spectators are strongly discouraged for adult sports. Spectators, like parents, are permitted for youth sports, so long as members from different households maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other.
  • Maintain contact information and team rosters, and be prepared to support local public health contact tracing efforts if exposures occur.  
  • Consider participating in low or no-contact sports (like baseball, cross country, or cycling) instead of high-contact sports (like wrestling or soccer).
  • Do not share snacks or water, except in emergency situations. 
  • Consider encouraging use of personal equipment such as bats, mitts, rackets, etc.
  • Consider only holding games with other teams every 2 weeks, to minimize the number of new teams of players interacting. Regular practices with the same group are fine.
  • Games that require extensive travel are strongly discouraged. 
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet from other households during drop off/pick up of players.
  • Masks are required (i.e. in dugouts, in any indoor space, by coaches, by spectators)
  • Competitive events such as races and endurance events are allowed as long as social distancing and limitations on group size can be maintained. This includes implementing staggered start times and making efforts to prevent gatherings at starts and finishes, so that no more than 10 people are gathered at a time.

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 pay 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.

Recreation that is open:

  • Pools with strict precautions-6/4/2020
  • Libraries
  • Playgrounds-up to 10 people at a time
  • Personal recreation-maintain physical distancing
  • Recreation equipment rentals
  • Movie theaters and bowling alleys
  • 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

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.