Norwich Recreation 2021 Health & Safety Guidelines
This working document has been created as an outline of Norwich Recreation’s increased attention to the health, safety and well-being of our program participants. Direction was taken from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the Vermont Department of Public Health and consultation from weekly Vermont Recreation Director’s COVID-19 meetings, Vermont Department of Recreation, Vermont State Parks, and the Agency for Commerce and Community Development. This document is distributed with the understanding that as the public health situation is changing, Norwich Recreation will remain flexible, responsive and sensitive to all federal and state guidelines.
- All sessions will have a maximum of 16 participants and 2 coaches/assistants, keeping a 8:1 ratio. The group will not change staff or participants during a session (exceptions made in the case of illness)
- All participants will adhere to a regular handwashing or sanitation schedule (handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, sanitizing with at least 70% alcohol solution)
- All participants, will maintain the currently recommended distance and wear masks at all times
- All balls and equipment will be sanitized thoroughly if instruction includes any sharing of equipment
- Anyone presenting as, or presumed to be ill will be asked to remove themselves from the session for at least 3 days from their last symptoms, and 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
- All staff will have completed a Vermont background check and will have attended either SafeSport or Cal Ripken coaches training. The Vermont Department of Health’s most current guidelines will be reviewed by all staff during check-in meetings.
- Anyone eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be requested to do so.
- Unregistered drop-offs are not permitted
- All who need a face mask will be issued one at no charge.
- Limit sharing of equipment/food/water bottles (unless between family members)
- No one with the following symptoms may attend a Norwich Recreation program.
(ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness): Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing /Fever of 100.3 degrees F/37.9 degrees C/Chills, shaking, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell/Severe headache, ear pain and/or sore throat/A significant rash/Uncontrolled cough/Having been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days/Diarrhea
- Anyone experiencing a runny nose, cough or any illness symptoms (as outline above) while at a program must be sent home. No exceptions.
- Norwich Recreation requests that indoor facilities be cleaned, and all surfaces disinfected at the start of each day, before participants arrive. Outdoor facilities require surface disinfection.
- Norwich Recreation requests the right to post COVID-19 cautionary guidelines at the entrances of all facilities, and in handwashing areas as needed.