Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 2020
As the situation with the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving, BREC leadership is in communication with state and city leaders and staff members at all BREC sites are cleaning hard surfaces regularly, providing soap and hand sanitizer and following best practices to keep our visitors safe. Please use the links on this page for the latest updates from the Louisiana Department of Health, City-Parish and CDC. We will post updates as new information becomes available including any cancellations of programs or events should that become necessary. In the meantime, we urge you to take the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses:
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Get a flu shot, it’s not too late. During this time of year, respiratory illnesses are most likely due to infection with influenza or viruses that cause the common cold.
Play It Safe: Phase 2 Reopening Plan
BREC will move into stage two of its phased reopening plan on Monday, June 8 following the Governor’s announcement that the state is able to further loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. BREC’s leadership is working closely with national, state and local recreation, health and tourism experts as it moves through a three-phased plan to safely reopen indoor facilities, high-touch outdoor amenities and allow rentals, group activities, programs and events to resume.
The plan is driven by the following factors: offering public services to citizens where compliance with CDC, state, and local guidelines can be achieved; maintaining the health and safety of BREC staff and the community; protecting vulnerable populations; and adjusting the plan as the situation warrants.
PUBLIC ACCESS + PROGRAMMING:
- Only facilities able to comply with CDC, state, and local guidelines will be opened to the public with modified operations in accordance with those guidelines.
- Signs promoting physical distancing and hygiene placed throughout the park system to remind and encourage the public.
- Cash transactions are discouraged.
STAFF + PUBLIC SAFETY:
- Employees are required to practice good hygiene (washing hands regularly, wearing PPE, etc.); maintain physical distance from others; and selfquarantine if showing symptoms.
- Where possible and feasible, teleworking is encouraged.
- Where applicable and possible, employees will return to work in phases.
- Managers are strongly encouraged to consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of vulnerable populations.
- Meetings with the public should be held remotely using technology.
- All employees are encouraged to have work-related discussions via remote mediums where possible.
- Employees are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings when being near or interacting with others.
FACILITIES + SANITATION:
- Limit capacity to 25% allowing for physical distancing in all facilities for phase one.
- Common areas where people are likely to congregate and interact will be closed to encourage physical distancing.
- Anyone entering a building will be required to wear a cloth face covering, especially when interacting with others (exceptions permitted for employees behind transparent barriers).
- Everyone entering an indoor facility must have their temperature taken. Anyone with a fever, as defined by the CDC, will not be permitted into a building.
- Prior to entrance indoors, all employees must complete and comply with a COVID-19 questionnaire.
- Gatherings of 10 or more in confined areas are prohibited.
- Sanitation protocols have been developed in accordance with the CDC’s Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes published April 28, 2020, and departments will comply with protocols specific to their areas. Janitorial services and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will be increased.
- Hand sanitizer has been and will continue to be placed throughout the park system and facilities for public use
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION + PARTNERSHIPS:
- A call for partnerships will be issued for BREC to seek opportunities within the community to partner and continue to established partnerships with non-profit and private organizations and other governmental agencies to leverage resources for the benefit of community health.
- Park Rangers will continue assisting with the enforcement of physical distancing and gathering sizes throughout parks.
- Virtual offerings to patrons are being increased.
- Physical activity challenges and initiatives are continuing to be conducted to keep people active.
- Parkside Pickup vending opportunities will continue to be offered to local food vendors.
- Collaborative programming with other local providers will continue.
- The “Play It Safe” and other campaigns promoting CDC guidelines and physical distancing will continue.
- Community health contributions and initiatives by community partners will continue to be promoted.
|Liberty Lagoon||Coming Soon|
|Splash Pads||Opening June 22 in sessions to allow for sanitizing|
Session 1 - 12-2:30 p.m.
Session 2 - 4-6:30 p.m.
|Community Pools||City-Brooks and Anna T. Jordan Community Pools open Tuesday-Sunday at a 50% capacity in sessions to allow for sanitizing. Session 1 - noon-2 p.m.|
Session 2 - 3-5 p.m.
All guests 18 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 who must remain inside the facility during the time of use.
|Independence Park Theatre||Closed|
|Highland Road Park ObservatoryObservatory||Open|
|Farr Equestrian||Open for riding lessons, camp, and RV rentals|
|Magnolia Mound||Open; regular hours; gift shop will be opened|
|Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center||Open; 9am-12pm, Tues - Sat; nature center will be opened; admission fees required; hours and days will be extended as the phase progresses|
|Memorial and Olympia Stadiums||Closed|
|Oak Villa and Central Sports||Open for tournaments, league play|
|Ball Light and Field rentals||Coming Soon for Non-contact Sports|
|Pavilions||Available for use by small groups but no rentals or permits|
|Special Events Permits||Not available|
|Indoor rentals||Some locations, sites and number TBD|
|Recreation Centers||No free play at any location; Community Park locations (Zachary, Anna T Jordan, Independence, North Sherwood, Perkins, Highland, Forest) and A/C neighborhood park locations (Baker, Lovett, Gus Young, Church, Antioch, Jefferson Hwy) will be open from 2-6pm, Mon-Fri and for structured programs; other sites will be activated for specific programs as they are designed|
|Tennis Centers and Outdoor and Indoor Courts||open|
|Dog Parks||Forest, Greenwood, and Zachary Community Parks are open – 7am-6pm; Burbank will remain closed|
|Burbank Soccer Complex||Open only for BRSC structured training otherwise closed|
|Baton Rouge Gallery||Open|
|Fitness Centers||Coming Soon|
|Beach Volleyball locations||Open|
|Baton Rouge Zoo||Open with the exception of aquarium and contact yard|
|Outdoor Fitness Equipment||Open|
|Baton Rouge Garden Center at Independence Botanical Gardens||Booking events with limited capacity; office open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:30|
|Programs + Events||Status|
|Camps + Similar Group Programs Camps||Underway|
|Team + Contact Sports (Football, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse)||None|
|Non-Contact Sports (such as Tennis + Archery)||Generally allowed with modifications|
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
- Some people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.