Personal recreation

Last updated April 20, 2021.

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IF THERE IS A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AMONG CUSTOMERS OR EMPLOYEES

  • The worksite must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.

Approved high school sports can operate under the auspices of the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) guidance. All other high school sports should operate according to the organized sports guidance.

On this page: Organized recreational sports | Indoor gyms | Indoor fitness classes | Recreation centers | Bowling alleys | Indoor pools | Indoor sports facilities | Outdoor pools | Parks

 

This guidance also applies to school-based sports and outdoor volunteer stewardship.

Participants

  • Continue to physically distance, staying at least 6 feet from members of other households.

  • Encourage participants to stay home if sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Consider screening participants for fever, symptoms, or exposures before or at their arrival.

  • Encourage participants who have been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (generally within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes, depending on the level of exposure) to stay home and self-quarantine, unless they have been fully vaccinated.

  • In counties with one-week disease incidence rates over 35 per 100,000 (Levels Blue through Purple), masks must be worn in public indoor settings where 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present.

  • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands when soap and water is not available.

 

Gyms, fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, sports facilities (indoor and outdoor)

  • When more than 100 people are gathered in a room in a public indoor space, the setting may operate at 100% capacity not to exceed 500 people, with 6 feet of distancing required between parties of unvaccinated people or people whose vaccination status is unknown. Venues may apply to their local public health agency for a variance to exceed 500 people, to be finally approved by CDPHE.

    • Some counties may have stricter capacity limits at the local level. Consult your local public health agency for more information about local regulations.

  • It is strongly encouraged to limit pool activity to lap swim. If you permit open swim, make efforts to reduce in-pool interactions between people not in the same household.

  • Teams participating in organized recreation against one another, and as a result, experiencing greater contact, should still observe state and local capacity limits, excluding coaches.

  • Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems if feasible to space out and limit participants gathered at one time.

  • Discourage use of any shared equipment, and ensure all equipment is cleaned and disinfected in between each use.

  • Communal gathering spaces, such as communal locker/changing rooms should not be used.

    • If locker rooms or changing rooms must be used for safety or hygiene reasons, surfaces should be routinely cleaned every hour. Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings.

  • Maximize ventilation by using fans and opening windows, wherever possible.

  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.

  • In counties with one-week disease incidence rates over 35 per 100,000 (Levels Blue through Purple), masks must be worn in public indoor settings where 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present. Facilities should err on the side of assuming that people entering their indoor site are unvaccinated. With one in six Coloradans fully vaccinated, most indoor public settings will need to require mask-wearing.

  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees and refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Support tool (Additional Guidance).

  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work.

  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services.

  • Post signs for employees and customers outlining good hand/respiratory hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)

  • CDCs Guidance for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

 

Outdoor swimming pools

This includes any pool open to the public, including but not limited to municipal pools, homeowner association pools, pools at fitness centers, hot tubs, and developed hot springs. Find the CDC's full guidance on COVID-19 pool safety

This guidance applies to school-based sports and outdoor volunteer stewardship.

  • Pools are encouraged to establish a reservation system to space out visitor attendance, aid in contract tracing if exposures occur, and to allow for equitable use of the facility.

  • Communal gathering spaces, such as communal locker/changing rooms, should not be used.

  • If locker rooms or changing rooms must be used for safety or hygiene reasons, surfaces should be routinely cleaned every hour. Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings.

  • It is strongly encouraged to limit pool activity to lap swim. If you permit open swim, make efforts to reduce in-pool interactions.

  • All frequently touched surfaces and shared objects such as handrails, chairs, and tables should be disinfected every hour between use.

  • Surfaces in restrooms should be routinely cleaned every hour.

  • Provide physical cues or guides (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs to ensure that staff, patrons, and swimmers stay at least 6 feet apart from members of other households, both in and out of the water.

 

Parks

  • Post signage throughout the area reminding individuals to stay at least 6 feet away from members of other households.

  • Frequently touched surfaces that are indoors are to be cleaned and disinfected according to CDPHE guidance. (e.g., park benches or playground equipment).

  • Stagger visitor attendance by extending operating hours or limiting capacity whenever possible.

 

Frequently asked questions

Yes. Guidelines are here

Yes. It is physically and mentally healthy to be outdoors. Aim to stay close to home and choose times and places where you can maintain 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.

To reduce risk, you may wear a mask when participating in outdoor activities.

  • It is best to socialize only with your household members, but physical activity promotes health and well-being. If you are engaging in outdoor activities with people outside your household, limit group size to 10 or fewer, and make sure there is at least 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. Specific counties may have different rules on allowable group sizes; please follow your county’s rules and read and obey signs that may be posted in the parks and on trails.

  • People should not gather in any outdoor space where they cannot maintain 6 feet of physician distance from one another. That includes pavilions, areas that offer shelter, or other outdoors areas that invite people to congregate in groups and do not allow for 6 feet of physical distance. 

  • For city and county parks, check with your local government or parks department to find out whether parks are open and whether the park restroom facilities are open.

  • Playgrounds are open