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COVID-19 Resources

CRPA is actively monitoring developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is impacting parks and recreation departments across the state. This webpage will contain the most up-to-date information from public health organizations and federal and state government.

State of CT Press Releases, Executive Orders, & Updates

March 13, 2020

Press Releases from CT's Governor, Ned Lamont

Executive Orders from CT's Governor, Ned Lamont

State of CT COVID-19 Resource Page & Updates

Reopen CT Guidelines

Reopen Latest Guidance

Reopen CT Guidance from CT Department of Public Health

CT Phase 2 and 3 Reopening - May 20, 2020 Press Conference Slides

DECD - Reopen Sector Rules - all guidlines and defines outdoor recreation

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen - specific to offices

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen - specific to zoos and outdoor museums

Sector Rules for June 17th - specific to Sports, Sports Clubs & Complexes, Gyms,  Fitness  Centers, & Pools 

Sector Rules for June 17th - specific to Outdoor Events

Sector Rules for July 20th - specific to Indoor Events

Sector Rules for June 17th - specific to Indoor Recreation

Reopen CT Guide for CT Camps - same info as memo 18 but nicer format

Reopen CT Guide for General Business - includes sports and recreation

Governor Lamont Announces Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group

Camp Resources

OEC Update on Group Sizes 8/20/20 - (16 children per group)

Executive Order 7B (#6) - flexibility to maintain adequate child care resources

Executive Order 7H (#1) - essential businesses

Executive Order 7Q (#1&2) - limited group sizes and enhanced health procedures in child care

Executive Order 7VV - Application for camps increased to 50 (from 30)

Executive Order 7N (#1) - social gatherings to 5

Executive Order 7X (#3g) - social gatherings to 5 extended

Executive Order 7PP (#3, 4, 6, & 7) - indoor fitness closure, social gatherings to 5 extended, camp operation and health procedures

Executive Order 7TT (#2) - sports no shared ball, social gatherings increased to 10 indoor and 25 outdoor

Executive Order 7ZZ (#2 & 7) - overturns no shared ball, changes group gathering sizes to DECD Sector Rules moving forward

Executive Order 7BBB (#5) - Authority to modify health procedures for camps and day care

Executive Order 9 (#1) - Updated mask use at childcare facilities

OEC: Youth Camp Guidance (Memo 18) - revised as of May 18, 2020

OEC: Youth Camp Informed Consent Form - Staff & Participants

OEC: Reduced Group Size and Enhanced Health Procedures for Child Care Programs During COVID-19 Emergency (Memo 15)

OEC: Message from the State of CT Regarding Child Care (Memo 6)

OEC: Guidance for Unlicensed Camps During COVID-19 Pandemic - letter to municipal CEOs

OEC: Application for Approval for more than 50 Campers - per location

*All memos from OEC can be viewed HERE

Definition of a youth camp per CT General Statutes 19a-420:
(3) "Day camp" means any youth camp which is established, conducted or maintained on any parcel or parcels of land on which there are located dwelling units or buildings intended to accommodate five or more children who are at least three years of age and under sixteen years of age during daylight hours for at least three days a week with the campers eating and sleeping at home, except for one meal per day, but does not include programs operated by a municipal agency;  

OEC Guidance for Camps - Fancy Format

OEC Camp FAQ

OEC Guidance for Child Care Programs - Fancy Format

ACA Camp Contingency Planning Chart

CDC: COVID-19 Schools and Child Care Guidance - overview

CDC: COVID-19 Camps and Schools - New 5/30/2020

CDC: COVID-19 Youth Camps and Programs

CDC: COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

CDC: COVID-19 School Guidance

CDC: DRAFT Federal Guidelines for Child Care and Camps

NPR Article Regarding Draft CDC Guidelines above

Camp Activities - US Games - Social distant or easily modifiable

Camp Activities - AsphaltGreen - Social distant or easily modifiable

Aquatics Resources

CT DPH Letter to Local Pulic Health Directors - 2020-45 Reopening of Pool June 17th dated 6/10/2020

CT DPH Letter to Local Pulic Health Directors - Overall Pool Guidance for Reopening 6/10/2020

Pool Water Capacity Calculation per DPH CT Public Swimming Pool Design Guide:

User Loading:

12.1: In order to compute swimmer and bather capacity the maximum number of persons who may be permitted to be within the swimming pool enclosure at any one time shall not exceed one person per twenty-five square feet of water surface area.

COVID Phase 2 reopeing June 17th calculation:

Surface Area (LxW) divided by 25. Then take that number and cut it in half.

12.2: In order to compute swimmer and bather capacity the maximum number of persons who may be permitted to be within the wading pool enclosure at any one time shall not exceed one person per ten square feet of water surface area.

COVID Phase 2 reopeing June 17th calculation:

Surface Area (LxW) divided by 10. Then take that number and cut it in half.

CT DPH Letter to Local Public Health Directors - Pools

CT DPH Letter to Local Public Health Directors - All Outdoor Recreation 

CDC: Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

ARC: COVID & Aquatics Scientific Advisory Council Answers

ARC: Guidance, Policies, and Course Offerings During COVID-19

ARC: Lifeguard Training Certification Extension (must be completed by each individual staff member)

USA Swimming - Facility Reopening Messaging & Planning 

Guidance from the CMAHC on COVID

CDC Guidance for Parks and Recreational Facilities (including water)

CDC Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19 

CDC FAQ Water Transmission

Implements Executive Order 7V:
CT DECD Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employees
Facemasks Outdoors:
In workplace settings where employees are working alone in segregated spaces (i.e. cubicles with walls, private offices, etc.), employees may remove their masks. However, workers shall wear a mask or face covering from the time they enter the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle/work station and at any time they are leaving their work station and moving around common areas (i.e. in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom or break room, etc.). For employees working in congregate settings (i.e. open manufacturing floors, warehouses, areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings), those workers shall wear a face covering as above, as well as when they are at their work station. In addition, continuous wearing of masks is not required in outdoor workspaces where employees do not regularly come within six feet of other employees.

Sports: Return to Play

DECD Sector Rules for Sports, Sports Clubs & Complexes, Gyms,  Fitness  Centers, & Pools  - Phase 2 June 17th 

DECD Sector Rules - Outdoor Events - concert series, festivals, road races

DECD Sector Rules - Indoor Events

DECD Sector Rules - Indoor Recreation

Executive Order 7ZZ (#2 & 7) - overturns no shared ball, changes group gathering sizes to DECD Sector Rules moving forward

Executive Order 7TT (#2) - sports - no shared ball, social gatherings increased to 10 indoor and 25 outdoor

Executive Order 7N (#1) - social gatherings to 5

Executive Order 7X (#3g) - social gatherings to 5 extended

Executive Order 7PP (#3, 4, 6, & 7) - indoor fitness closure, social gatherings to 5 extended, camp operation and health procedures

Executive Order 7D - closure of indoor sports and recreation facilities

CIRMA Sample Generic Waiver

CIRMA Sample Generic Waiver (with blanks)

CIRMA Sample Indemnification Agreement

CIRMA Sample Indemnification and Hold Harmless Template

CDC: Youth Sports Considerations

Playing Tennis Safely: Guidelines for Players and Facilities - Updated June 4, 2020

Playing Tennis Safely During COVID - 1 page pictogram

USA Hockey COVID Guidance

USA Ice Rink Association - Return to Skate Guidance

USOPC Return to Play Guidance

National Federation of State High School Associations - Return to Play  

Little League COVID Guidance

Aspen Institute Return to Play

Facility Resources

CDC: COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces - overview

CDC: Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to COVID-19

Executive Order 7D - closure of indoor sports and recreation facilities

Executive Order 7BBB - (#4) - temporary commercial pesticide Junior Operator certifications without examination

Implements Executive Order 7V:
CT DECD Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employees
"Each employee shall be required to wear a mask or other cloth material that covers his or her mouth and nose while in the workplace, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink. Employers shall issue such masks or cloth face coverings to their employees. In the event an employer is unable to provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees because of shortages or supply chain difficulties, employers must provide the materials and CDC tutorial about how to create a cloth face covering, or compensate employees for the reasonable and necessary costs employees expend on such materials to make their own masks or cloth face covering."

Executive order 7BB - Cloth Face Covering
"Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, a child in a child care setting, anyone under the age of 2 years, or an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face."

DEEP - State Parks and Boat Launches Operational Plan

DEEP - Letter to Municipal Officials

NRPA Phased Reopening Sample Plan

CT DPH: Green Cleaning in Child Care Settings

DEEP has clarified that you do not need a pesticide applicator license to apply EPA registered disinfectants. However, they must be used according to label directions as they are pesticides.

EPA Registered Products Known to be Effective Against COVID

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

DAS: Guidance Regarding “Green Cleaning” Requirements and Coronavirus/COVID 19

Community Events & Mass Gatherings

DECD Sector Rules - Outdoor Events - concert series, festivals, road races

DECD Sector Rules - Indoor Events

DECD Sector Rules - Indoor Recreation

CDC: General Information & Updates

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings

Tracking Cases in the United States

CDC: COVID-19 Cases & Latest Updates

CRPA Response to COVID-19

The health and safety of our members and their communities is of the utmost importance to CRPA. Out of an abundance of caution, we have rescheduled all of our meetings and events through April 10. We will continue to post updates on our website and event calendar as they become available.  Additionally, all CRPA committee and section meetings will be canceled until further notice. The CRPA Executive Committee will reassess this decision in two weeks.   

CRPA is following the CDC employer response recommendations for our office as well as CRPA-sponsored events. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, CRPA staff will serve our members and conduct CRPA business, without interruption, on a remote basis until further notice. See below for individual staff member contact information:

Valerie Stolfi Collins, Executive Director: [email protected]

Amy Wilcox, Programs & Marketing Admin. Assistant: [email protected]

Carey French, General Office Admin. Assistant: [email protected]

You may also reach us via phone at 860.721.0384 and we will respond to your voicemail as soon as possible.

Social Media Toolkit

Our outdoor recreational spaces are essential now more than ever. During this unprecedented crisis, it is important that park and recreation departments continue to provide a safe and socially distant way for our residents to maintain active and healthy lifestyles despite the closure of facilities such as community and recreation centers.

In an effort to raise awareness about the mental and physical benefits of outdoor recreation, CRPA has developed a COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit with graphics, statistics, and suggested social media messages.  We hope you will find these resources helpful as you engage your community during these unprecedented circumstances. 

To utilize the following images on your own social media accounts, right-click on the image and save the it to a designated place on your computer.