COVID-19 Resources & Links

VRPA Statement March 19, 2020

VRPA is committed to helping our members and partners take necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the parks and public spaces they manage, and make well-informed decisions on adaptive and emergency operations.

VRPA urges its members to frequently refer to and follow the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as guidance is continually updated as additional information becomes available. As of March 15, the CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers of large events and mass gatherings cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people throughout the United States. With many limits now to 10 or more.

Local park and recreation professionals fill a key role in community health and wellness opportunities every day. PRPS supports their leadership efforts and encourages its members and partners to work with their local health departments to review emergency response plans, practice routine environmental cleaning, and keeping their workplaces safe.


Below are helpful links for more information

from CDC, NACCHO and NRPA

This situation continues to evolve with updates to the CDC website offered daily. It is important to refer to these resources as information is developing in real time. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

·        Coronavirus (COVID-19)

·        Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

·        Community and Faith-Based Organizations

·        Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

·        Communications Resources

·        Cases and Latest Updates

·        Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater

 

 

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Resources for the Field

·        Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Fast-Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

·        COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites that Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs

·        COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health & Wellbeing During an Outbreak

·        Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?

·        Podcast: How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61 

·        NRPA Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019, March 4, 2020

 

General Resources

·        CDC Webinar: Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19, March 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

·        CDC Webinar: COVID-19 Update for CDC’s Private Sector Partners, March 19, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET

·        Blog: FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts, NRPA, March 16, 2020

·        Recommendation to track expenses incurred at the direction of local and state health officials

·        Blog: Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Fast-Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, NRPA, March 13, 2020

·        Includes how agencies are addressing public use, operations, mitigation, vulnerable populations and employee issues.

·        Blog: Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?, NRPA, March 4, 2020

·        Podcast: How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61, NRPA March 10, 2020

·        Statement: Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019, NRPA, March 4, 2020

 

Programming Resources

·        FRAC Webinar: Serving Meals During COVID-19: Out-of-School Time Partners, March 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET

·        Blog: COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites that Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs, NRPA, March 12, 2020

·        Useful information for those who serve meals during out-of-school time.

·        Blog: COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health and Wellbeing During an Outbreak, NRPA, March 12, 2020

·        Tips to encourage health and wellness for community members during social distancing.

·        Blog: COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population, NRPA, March 16, 2020

·        Includes suggestions on how to help older adults during this time.

·        Guidance on Events and Social Gatherings

·        As of March 16, 2020, the White House released guidance to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. The CDC is also directing to people to this guidance.

 

Park, Facility and Playground Resources

·        https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19

·        CDC Recommendations on Cleaning and Disinfection

·        New York State Department of Health Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Schools

·        Includes recommendations on athletic rooms

·        OSHA Guidance on COVID-19

*At this time there are no specific recommendations for playgrounds and other outdoor equipment. NRPA is working with our contacts and partners to discern this guidance and will include it here once available.

 

Aquatics Resources

·        Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources on Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater

·        Guidance from CDC stating there is no evidence COVID-19 can be spread to humans through pools with proper operation, maintenance and disinfection.

·        World Health Organization (WHO): Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

·        Technical Brief (PDF)

 

Additional Resources

 

·        USDA Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

·        CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

·        WHO: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

·        National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

·        Johns Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus: COVID-19 Global Cases GIS Dashboard

·        CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

·        CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

·        Water Transmission and COVID-19

·        CDC: General Information & Updates

·        The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

·        CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

·        CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings

·        CDC Proper Operations for Public Pools

·        Managing Community Events

·        World Health Organization Rolling Updates

·        Corona Virus Hotline: CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

 




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