Personal recreation

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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.

Recreation of any kind can be conducted in groups of 10 or fewer, unless specified below, with participants spaced at least 6 feet apart, face coverings worn as feasible, and observation of appropriate disinfection  and hygiene practices.

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

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.
  • Encouraged to wear a mask while recreating.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands when soap and water is not available.

Indoor gyms, indoor fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, indoor sports facilities

  • Limit indoor facilities to up to 25% capacity, or 50 people, whichever is fewer, per room, so long as people can stay 6 feet apart from each other. 
  • Limit the pool to 25% capacity, or up to 50 people.
  • 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 the limit of 25 players, 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.
  • Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings in restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
  • Maximize ventilation by using fans and opening windows, wherever possible.
  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.
  • Request staff members and patrons wear face coverings when they can do so safely.
  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees and refer symptomatic employees to the Colorado COVID 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)

Organized recreational sports

  • Organized youth or adult recreational sports leagues in groups of up to 25 players, excluding coaches or referees/umpires at a time per court or per field.
  • 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. 
  • Use personal equipment such as bats, mitts, rackets, etc., as much as possible
  • 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 encouraged where feasible (i.e. in dugouts, 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.

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. Full CDC guidance on COVID-19 pool safety can be found here

This guidance applies to school-based sports.

  • Limit the pool to 50% capacity, up to 50 people, whichever is fewer, excluding staff and coaches.
  • 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.
  • Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers, to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings in restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
  • 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 and locker rooms 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

  • Playgrounds may be open to up to 25 people at a time – consider signage with the capacity limit and spacing recommendations.
  • Post signage throughout the area reminding individuals to stay at least 6 feet away from members of other households.
  • Outdoor sports facilities for individual (non-league) use (e.g., tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, bike tracks, motocross tracks, fields) may be open to up to 25 people at a time per court or per field.
  • 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.

  • Individuals may participate in local and personal recreation in outside public spaces, and practicing social distancing maintaining 6 feet between participants. 
  • Personal training and classes in any setting limited to 4 or fewer individuals complying with Social Distancing Requirements and does not utilize any shared equipment are allowed.
  • Wear a mask when participating in 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