Proposed rules would let Colorado pools, playgrounds reopen, recreational sports restart

As Colorado’s coronavirus numbers continue to improve, Gov. Jared Polis released draft orders Monday on the reopening of swimming pools and playgrounds and the resumption of youth and adult recreational sports leagues.

The rules would allow outdoor swimming pools to open at half capacity or for up to 50 people, whichever is fewer. Up to 10 people at a time would be allowed on playgrounds. People who don’t belong to the same household would have to stay 6 feet apart, and extra cleaning and disinfecting requirements would be in place.

Denver city officials, however, said last week that city pools and playgrounds would be closed at least through June 30.

The public can comment on the recommendations until noon Wednesday, the governor’s office announced in a news release, and the state will finalize the rules Thursday. The proposed orders come more than a month after Polis’ Safer at Home plan began the process of reopening the state.

Sports leagues would be allowed to have groups of up to 25 participants outdoors and 10 indoors under the proposal. Outdoor tennis and basketball courts would be permitted to open to up to 10 people at a time. Masks are encouraged under the draft guidelines.

Draft guidance for places of worship, also released, would allow them to open at 50% capacity or with up to 50 people in the worship space, whichever is fewer. Masks would be required at all times. For outdoor worshiping, participants should be spaced 6 feet apart.

Polis also issued an order Monday allowing short-term rentals to reopen as long as hosts provide hand sanitizer or soap and water, cleaning products and wait a day before entering the property for cleaning.

While the orders relax some restrictions, Polis called for Coloradans to remain diligent and continue to distance themselves from each other as much as possible, wear face coverings and wash their hands often.

“It may feel like we are getting back to normal, but the virus is still here, and it could surge back the moment we let our guard down,” he said in the release. “We are still far from normal.”

Additional information on the draft plans and other regulations is available at covid19.colorado.gov.

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