Safer at home recreation

Recreation of any kind can be conducted in groups of 10 or fewer, unless specified below, with participants spaced at least 6 feet apart, face coverings worn as feasible, and observation of appropriate disinfection  and hygiene practices. See complete details here


  • Continue to physically distance, staying at least 6 feet from members of other households .
  • Stay home other than getting  tested if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Avoid recreating in public spaces if anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Encouraged to wear a mask while recreating.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands when soap and water is not available.

Indoor gyms, indoor fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, indoor sports facilities

  • Limit indoor facilities to up to 25% capacity, or 50 people, whichever is fewer, per room, so long as people can stay 6 feet apart from each other.
  • Limit the pool to 25% capacity, or up to 50 people.
  • It is strongly encouraged to limit pool activity to lap swim. If you permit open swim, make efforts to reduce in-pool interactions between people not in the same household.
  • Teams participating in organized recreation against one another, and as a result, experiencing greater contact, should still observe the limit of 25 players, excluding coaches.
  • Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems if feasible to space out and limit participants gathered at one time.
  • Discourage use of any shared equipment, and ensure all equipment is cleaned and disinfected in between each use.
  • Take steps, such as closing off a series of lockers to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings in restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
  • Maximize ventilation by using fans and opening windows, wherever possible.
  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.
  • Request staff members and patrons wear face coverings when they can do so safely.
  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees and refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker (Additional Guidance).
  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work.
  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services.
  • Post signs for employees and customers outlining good hand/respiratory hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)

Organized recreational sports

  • Organized youth or adult recreational sports leagues in groups of up to 25 players, excluding coaches and referees/umpires, are permitted.
  • Spectators are strongly discouraged for adult sports. Spectators, like parents, are permitted for youth sports, so long as members from different households maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other.
  • Maintain contact information and team rosters, and be prepared to support local public health contact tracing efforts if exposures occur.
  • Consider participating in low or no-contact sports (like baseball, cross country, or cycling) instead of high-contact sports (like wrestling or soccer).
  • Do not share snacks or water, except in emergency situations.
  • Consider encouraging use of personal equipment such as bats, mitts, rackets, etc.
  • Consider only holding games with other teams every 2 weeks, to minimize the number of new teams of players interacting. Regular practices with the same group are fine.
  • Games that require extensive travel are strongly discouraged.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet from other households during drop off/pick up of players.
  • Masks are encouraged where feasible (i.e. in dugouts, by coaches, by spectators)
  • Competitive events such as races and endurance events are allowed as long as social distancing and limitations on group size can be maintained. This includes implementingstaggered start times and making efforts to prevent gatherings at starts and finishes, so that no more than 10 people are gathered at a time.

Outdoor swimming pools

This includes any pool open to the public, including but not limited to municipal pools, homeowner association pools, pools at fitness centers, hot tubs, and developed hot springs. Full CDC guidance on COVID-19 pool safety can be found here.

  • Limit the pool to 50% capacity, up to 50 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Encouraged to establish a reservation system to space out visitor attendance, aid in contract tracing if exposures occur, and to allow for equitable use of the facility.
  • Take steps, such as closing off a series of  lockers, to promote physical distancing and reduce gatherings in restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.
  • It is strongly encouraged to limit pool activity to lap swim. If you permit open swim, make efforts to reduce in-poor interactions.
  • All frequently touched surfaces and shared objects such as handrails, chairs, and tables should be disinfected every hour between use.
  • Surfaces in restrooms and locker rooms should be routinely cleaned every hour.
  • Provide physical cues or guides (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs to ensure that staff, patrons, and swimmers stay at least 6 feet apart from members of other households, both in and out of the water.


  • Playgrounds may be open to up to 10 people at a time – consider signage with the capacity limit and spacing recommendations.
  • Post signage throughout the area reminding individuals to stay at least 6 feet away from members of other households.
  • Outdoor sports facilities for individual (non-league) use (e.g., tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, bike tracks, motocross tracks, fields) may be open to up to 25 people at a time per court or per field.
  • Clean frequently touched areas as often is feasible (e.g., park benches or playground equipment).
  • Space out visitor attendance by extending operating hours or limiting capacity whenever possible.


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