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Colorado releases finalized guidance for houses of worship, outdoor and personal recreation to resume

Colorado releases finalized guidance for houses of worship, outdoor and personal recreation to resume
Posted at 10:14 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 00:14:06-04

DENVER – Colorado issued finalized guidance Thursday for the reopening of houses of worship, outdoor and personal recreation, including swimming pools, after draft guidance was released earlier this week.

Churches and other houses of worship will be allowed to have indoor services with up to 50 people inside or 50% of the building’s capacity, or outdoors with household groups separated by at least 6 feet.

Social distancing will be required inside houses of worship and faith leaders are encouraged to add more services to accommodate extra distancing and more parishioners. Masks are encouraged to be worn and houses of worship are encouraged to provide them.

Houses of worship will also be encouraged to screen employees and volunteers and to implement a symptom screening protocol and registration system.

Find more details on the guidelines for houses of worship here.

Indoor gyms, bowling alleys, pools and rec centers can open to up to 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer.

Indoor pools will be encouraged to limit activities to lap swims and reservation systems are encouraged as well. Proper ventilation, proper cleaning protocols, symptom monitoring, and signage will also be required.

Outdoor pools and hot springs will be allowed to open following CDC guidance and up to 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer. Outdoor pools are also encouraged to establish a reservation system and to perform extensive cleaning often.

Organized sports leagues in groups of up to 25 players will be allowed, but spectators are only encouraged to attend youth events and not adult events.

Playgrounds can reopen to up to 10 people at a time with proper social distancing and should be cleaned frequently, according to the guidance. Sports facilities and courts can open to up to 25 people at a time per field or court.

Click here to read more on the guidelines for recreation.

Outdoor recreation and tours will also be allowed to resume in small groups of up to 10, in most cases. But people will be asked to maintain proper social distancing except when it is not possible and to wear face coverings when safe and possible.

Guided services for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, ATV tours, and climbing can occur in groups up to 10. Rafting companies can operate as long as parties in rafts are limited to groups of household members only.

Large facilities, including scenic trains, ski resorts and other outdoor entertainment sites will need local approval still, according to the state.

Click here for the guidance on outdoor recreation.