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March 14, 2020 11:48 AM

ALL MRD Facilities are CLOSED through April 30th - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Update on MRD Facilities and Programs
March 20, 2020 – 5:00pm

All MRD Facilities and Programs are canceled through April 30th. This closure is in accordance with the Colorado Department of Public Health’s Order Closing Bars, Restaurants, Theaters, Gymnasiums, and Casinos Statewide. For more detailed information, please check and view Montrose Recreation District’s Facebook page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When are you re-opening?
A: Currently, all facilities are closed and all programming canceled through April 30th. If and when this date changes, we will let the public know.

Q: What’s going on with Membership and Billing?
A: If you’ve paid in full: The expiration date of annual and 3 month passes will be extended the amount of time that we are closed. We will know that for sure when we open. If you need a refund, call us. Cancelation fees will be waived.

Monthly Billing will NOT happen in April. If we need to cancel billing in May, too, we will.

Q: Are you keeping office hours?
A: Yes. Call us Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. To view MRD updates, please check or view the Montrose Recreation District on Facebook.

Q: Are activities like lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, etc. postponed or cancelled? What about programs that are in progress right now? Will we be reimbursed?
A: As of right now, many programs are not cancelling, but modifying dates to begin April 30th or soon afterwards. Coordinators will be publicizing these dates when they’re ready. If cancelled, you may choose to leave the funds on your account for future programs, or be refunded. When re-registering using your credits, this will be available only via phone or in person once (not online). The administrative fees will be waived. Details are emerging as we continue to work this out.

Q: Can I still sign my child up for activities?
A: Please sign up online or over the phone. The Summer Activity guide will be out soon. Right now, summer activities are unchanged. Registration day is April 6th at 6:00am.

Q: Can I make facility or birthday party reservations?
A: We are not accepting any new reservations until we are open again.

Q: Will you be doing a deep cleaning of the facilities while closed?
A: Yes, we are sanitizing like we do in our fall annual closure.

Q: Where are my kids supposed to go if the center is closed?
A: National, State, and County government agencies have recommended, often mandating that schools, rec centers, child care facilities, and numerous other public places remain closed for an extended period of time to minimize spread of the virus. We at MRD are on board with this, as we promote public health and wellness.
Parks are still open, though PLAYGROUND USE IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
We are lucky to live in a wonderful region with ample outdoor activities. We encourage folks to get out and enjoy them with their families and small groups - please still practice social distancing. Here are some recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment:

CDPHE Recommendations for indoor gatherings and sharing childcare
● Consider the size of the space vs. the size of the group. Aim to have the fewest number of children possible in the largest space available.
● Consider asking participating families to take their children’s temperature before gathering.
● Frequently clean high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, toys, and keyboards. Everyday cleaning products are effective against COVID-19.
● Practice social distancing measures. With kids, that’s hard. To increase the distance between children:
● Think small — only a few friends at most.
● Play games that involve fewer opportunities for touching.
● When kids do touch, remind them to cover coughs and sneezes and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
● Adults who join should practice social distancing and not participate if they are sick.
CDPHE Recommendations for outdoor gatherings
● Try to limit groups to no more than 50 children per CDC guidance and state recommendations to limit groups to no more than 50 people.
● Limit face-to-face contact.
● Minimize activities that involve direct or close contact and avoid shared equipment as much as possible
● Repeatedly clean and disinfect any shared sporting equipment, especially objects touched with hands, like balls, bats, and playground equipment.
● Adults who join should practice social distancing and not participate if they are sick.

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