COVID-19 Resources & Links

At VRPA, we know you are monitoring COVID-19 personally and professionally. We want to provide a few resources that may specifically help you, the park and recreation professional, as we map this territory together.

Vermont full guidance and updated Restart Memo here:

Vermont Restart Resources for ALL businesses as they are reopened:  

Vermont Sector-specific guidance:


Athletic Fields

Fitness Centers


Below are helpful links for more information

VT Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Updates

VT State Parks Management Manual - a guide for opening State Parks summer of 2020

Click Here for the latest updates

Health Guidance for Vermont Summer, Childcare, and After School Programs:

Click Hereto read the new Guidelines

Health Guidance for Childcare, After School, and Summer Programs

CDC Decision Tools for Summer Camps:

CDC has now released their official high level decision tools for a variety of settings including childcare, youth programs and summer camps, and workplaces. We'll be adding these to our recovery framework resources soon but wanted to share right away. See below!

Decision Tools for Schools and Child Care Programs:

Decision Tools for Business and Workplaces:

CDC Considerations for Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds:

ACA & VT Afterschool Resources:

NRPA Path to Recovery Framework:

Phased Re-opening planning

Summer Camp related Webinar - Tuesday, May 19th

VT Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation exposure control plan examples:

It has been recommended that every department/agency create an "exposure control plan" for facilities you re-open and programs you start to offer again.

VT Sample Documents from Communities

Rutland COVID Camp/Childcare Docs

Playground Closure Poster

Court Closure Poster

Town Flyer

Resources from VT Organizations

Stay Home Order Updates - April 20, 2020

State of Vermont Sector Specific Guidance 

VT Safe Kids Blog Links

Social Distancing with Kids

Missed Milestones (Extended)

How to Clean Car Seats

Cleaning and Medication Storage

 POOL related Resources

Pool Safety Guide for Homeowners

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

How to teach a toddler to swim in 5 easy steps

A Beginner’s Guide to Swimming: A Healthy Hobby with the Family or Solo

The Ultimate CPR Guide: Everything You Need to Know for Adult, Child, Infant and Pet CPR

Critical Swimming Pool Safety and Security Measures to Protect Children, Pets, and Wildlife

How to Enjoy the Pool Without Getting Sick This Summer

10 Important Safety Tips for Babysitters Watching Children in Homes with Swimming Pools

7 Things to Know About Sunscreen and Protecting Your Skin this Summer

Can Pool Chemicals Be Dangerous for Kids?

Other Resources

4 H Distancing Learning

USA Swimming

American Red Cross


·         New guidance for parks and recreation facilities related to COVID-19

·         Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 when visiting parks and recreational facilities

·         Guidance for administrators in parks and recreational facilities

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


·        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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