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Pools, outdoor activities get guidance on reopening in Colorado

New guidelines under updated safer-at-home order
Posted at 7:18 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 09:18:50-04

Pools and playgrounds could soon reopen under modified guidelines, the state of Colorado announced Monday.

Gov. Jared Polis extended the safer-at-home order through July 1, but this new phase is called, "safer at home and in the vast great outdoors."

In a press release, Polis said people are able to practice greater social distancing in outdoor areas, but urged Coloradans to continue to limit contact and wear masks outside the home.

As part of the modified order, the state released new guidance for personal recreation, the outdoor industry, and places of worship. The public can comment on the guidelines through Wednesday, June 3, before they're finalized Thursday. Click here to submit feedback.

Pools would have to limit guests to 50% of normal capacity, or 50 people, whichever is fewer. The state recommends pools adopt a reservation system to space out attendance. Facilities like locker rooms would also likely remain closed.

The CDC said there is no evidence that the novel coronavirus can spread through the water in chlorinated pools. However health officials still recommend at least six feet of physical distance between non-household members in the pool.

For playgrounds and outdoor courts, the guidelines recommend a limit of 10 people. Youth and adult sports leagues could also resume with 25 people outside, or 10 people inside. Gyms and recreation centers are urged to follow similar guidance.

The state also outlined rules for businesses providing outdoor recreation opportunities. 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. Developed hot springs should follow outdoor pool guidance.