- Posted On: May 26, 2020
Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer – pools opening, fireworks displays, festivals, and more. But due to COVID-19, the typical Memorial Day weekend was not seen across the country. As state and local agencies make difficult decisions on what should be held normally, modified, or canceled all together, here are some things to keep in mind to keep residents safe.
Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds
The CDC recommends the following considerations for those who operate, manage, and use public aquative venues:
- Promote behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as encouraging cloth face coverings when feasible, staying home if feeling sick, providing adequate supplies like hand sanitizer, and posting signs about required behaviors at the facility.
- Maintain a healthy environment by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, ensuring ventilation systems of indoor spaces are operating properly, and modifying layouts to ensure standing and seating areas are at least six feet apart.
- Enact healthy operations such as offering options like telework or modified job responsibilities if feasible, stagger or rotate shifts to limit the number of staff present at the same time, and designate a staff member to be responsible for all COVID-19 concerns.
Youth and Summer Camps
As states make difficult decisions on whether camps can be held this summer, those that are opening can refer to the CDC for considerations to possibly implement but do not replace any current state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations that camps must already comply with.
- Keep small groups of campers together each day for the entire day while keeping them at least six feet apart.
- Outdoors activities should be prioritized with the camps.
- All campers should be from the same local geographic area.
- Clean and disinfect bathrooms regularly using EPA-registered disinfectants.
- Identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who is displaying COVID-like symptoms.
Street Festivals and Events
Summer events around the world pump much-needed money into local economies, but have largely had to be canceled this year. However, some communities are getting creative on how to still hold those events.
- Missoula, Montana revamped its River City Root Fest to include a virtual festival and multi-venue mini festival.
- Kansas City, Missouri organizers of the Irish Fest a Labor Day Event are going to host smaller, Irish-themed locally-focused events instead of the large one typically held.
- Choctaw, Oklahoma has modified its Friday night farmer’s market to be a drive-thru and pick-up event.
The reopening of municipal golf courses has drawn much attention from communities. Marking floors and walkways, gating tee-times, and asking players to use an app to keep score on are just a few of the guidelines being shared. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has published guidelines for both individuals and employers for opening up golf courses during COVID-19.
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