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Governor Kim Reynolds office released another proclamation on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. On Friday, May 22, 2020 there will be additional businesses that can begin to re-open in all 99 counties with listed restrictions.

May 20, 2020 Proclamation
May 13, 2020 Proclamation
May 6, 2020 Proclamation
April 27, 2020 Proclamation

Survey Results...

Thank you to all those departments who graciously shared what their community is accomplishing during the coronavirus health situation.

  • Focus on survey #1 was departmental planning, facility availability to the public, staffing and programming.   We received input from 67 individuals. 
  • Focus on survey #2 was playgrounds, parks, trails, golf courses, and staffing. We received input from 60 individuals.
  • Focus on survey #3 was summer aquatic season, tennis and pickle ball courts   we received input from 57 individuals.
  • Focus on survey #4 was aquatic facilities plans to open and changes for safety precautions.  We received input from 29 communities. 
  • Focus on survey #5 was aquatic facilities plans to open and summer programming.  We received input from 38 communities. 
  • Focus on survey #6 was summer camps and recreational summer programming.  we received input from 44 communities.   

We know recommendations from the national, state and local levels are changing almost daily.  We encourage our members to stay in touch with each other through the use of our forum discussion page on the member only side of our website. 

Results are not copyrighted by IPRA. Rather this information can be shared with other city departments, park board, council, etc. We do ask you acknowledge Iowa Parks and Recreation Association with survey gathering dates March 23-25, 2020 for survey #1 / March 30-April 1, 2020 for survey #2 / April 6-8, 2020 for survey #3 / April 30-May 4, 2020 for survey #4 / May 13-14, 2020 for survey #5 / May 18-20, 2020 for survey #6.  Results are for information purposes only.

Survey #1 Results
Survey #2 Results
Survey #3 Results
Survey #4 Results
Survey #5 Results
Survey #6 Results

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance specific to parks and recreation that includes information about restrooms, sports courts, pools and more. It also offers recommendations for park visitors and suggests that park and recreation administrators post signage about using facilities safely at this time. The CDC's guidance is in alignment with the information NRPA has been sharing and provides some additional recommendations. 

CDC Recommendations for Parks and Recreation
NRPA News and Resources for Parks and Recreation
CDC Recommendations for Aquatics Staff
CDC Considerations for Public Pool, Hot Tubs and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)...

IDPH Reopening Guidance
Public Health COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses that Provide Direct Services to Clients

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMACH)...

Current Guidance and Resources

Pool & Hot Tube Alliance (PHTA)...

Reopening any business or establishment in these times is not without some risk to staff and membership/guests.  Permission to open also does not necessarily mean that a given facility must or even should open.  Each facility must decide whether opening under the specific constraints of a given order with continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is technically, logistically and financially feasible.  While properly treated pool water is not considered a vehicle for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the risk of transmission remains present at any place of work, and any recreation facility.  Therefore social distancing must be maintained at all times between staff, between guests and between staff and guests.  Hand washing and sanitation and regular cleaning and disinfection of objects and surfaces are equally essential.  

Practice Tips for Maintaining and Opening Public Pools and Hot Tubs

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)...

As communities begin to see reductions in virus transmission, local park and recreation professionals are developing plans for reopening spaces, facilities and programs impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Agencies should adhere to all federal, state and local guidance, including meeting a set of outlined indicators and gating criteria prior to implementing a phased approach that prioritizes public health and safety when reopening. Park and recreation professionals should recognize that phased reopening plans will not be an immediate return to normal operations, rather, they should include additional mitigation measures to maintain states of low to no community transmission.

Path to Recovery

American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Answers COVID-19 and Aquatics ...

The emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has raised questions among aquatic facilities, lifeguards and instructors about the operation of aquatic facilities, education of lifeguards and lifeguarding rescues and resuscitation, and delivery of American Red Cross courses.  This document provides guidance to Red Cross instructors, aquatic facility operators, and students.  In addition, lifeguarding students may have questions about alterations to rescues and resuscitation during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

COVID Health and Safety

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) ...

Summer programs provide an essential support for working families. Many schools, communities,and childcare facilities are working to determine if and when they open to provide summer programming to school-aged children. The updated childcare guidance has been developed in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education.

COVID-19 DHS Resources
Childcare Resources


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