Eugene Rec COVID-19 Updates
Updated February 5, 2021
Rec Program Update
We are committed to keeping you updated on Rec program offerings as guidelines from Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority evolve. We will review how we might be able to expand programming once Lane County has moved out of the “Extreme Risk” category. At this time, with your safety as our primary concern, Rec programming continues to be limited with no new additions. We continue to offer lap swim, child care, limited youth programming and virtual classes.
On January 29, Governor Brown, in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority, released the latest version of the “Sector Guidance for Indoor Recreation and Indoor Fitness Establishments”. Although these new guidelines allow 6 individuals per enclosed activity space of 500 square feet or more, our centers’ space capacities prevent us from expanding programming under these requirements.
Our virtual spring Rec Guide will be published online on March 11 and registration for programs will begin March 18. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times. We will continue to keep you updated as guidelines change and look forward to seeing more of you at our community centers and pools in the near future.
Eugene Rec’s first priority is the safety of our patrons while taking a class or spending time at any of our facilities. Staff have worked in conjunction with the broader City of Eugene reopening effort to develop the necessary protocols to safely host community members. Our programs follow City, county and state guidelines and best practices from the CDC, the Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health.
Below you’ll find information on what to expect when attending a Eugene Rec program, but it isn’t an exhaustive list. For more detail on what the City is doing, visit our website. We acknowledge that Oregon Guidelines are subject to change, and this document is a point in time and may be revised as new guidelines are provided.
If you choose to attend, you are required to follow public health precautions to keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance. Community members of all ages have an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Based on the Governor’s orders, Eugene Rec programs follow the following requirements:
- Face coverings are required for all individuals ages 5 and up in indoor public spaces. Face coverings are required in outdoor spaces when 6 feet of distance can’t be maintained. Adjustments to face covering policies may be made to follow different Oregon Health Authority sector specific guidelines outlined for programs such as aquatics, childcare and camps.
- Individuals who have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a mask, face shield or face covering can request an accommodation to enable full and equal access to services, transportation, and facilities open to the public.
- All staff are required to wear facial coverings in publicly accessible or shared indoor spaces and outdoor spaces where physical distancing can’t be maintained.
Each Eugene Rec facility went through an audit to determine its maximum capacity under the new state guidelines. Markings, signage and physical barriers have been set up around each facility to direct traffic flow and to ensure proper physical distancing. We ask all patrons who enter our facilities to respect others and maintain the proper 6 feet of distance.
All staff have been trained in proper sanitation techniques. Before reopening, all facilities were thoroughly cleaned and strict sanitation protocols were put into place. Hard to clean furniture and surfaces were removed and replaced with easier to clean items. Unnecessary equipment and furniture were moved to storage to allow for physical distancing and to cut down on cleaning time.
Each facility has a sanitation checklist of the areas and surfaces that must be cleaned and the frequency with which these cleanings occur. High-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently throughout the work day.
Patrons are greeted at or near the entrance of each Rec facility and asked to sign in for contact tracing. They are asked whether they or anyone they’ve been in contact with have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours; if they answer yes they will be asked to not enter the facility.
Patrons and staff are not permitted to attend programs if they have had known exposure to COVID-19 or anyone in their household has recently had an illness with fever or a new cough. They should remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and until 72 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea) are improving. Staff or participants who have a cough that is not a new onset cough (e.g. asthma, allergies, etc.), are not excluded from programs.
State guidelines allow up to 100 people in an event venue as long as safe operating procedures are followed. Patrons who rent Eugene Rec facilities are required to limit the number of people in attendance, maintain physical distancing, adhere to face covering requirements, and ensure that attendees have not recently experienced symptoms or been exposed to COVID-19.