Covid-19 Rules & Modifications

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Covid-19 Rules & Modifications2020-05-21T17:01:21-04:00

Covid-19 Rules & Modifications

Per the Governor’s 5 Stage plan for reopening, in accordance with our local COVID-19 community task force, in line with our national affiliate organizations, and in accordance with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department’s policies, we have outlined some of the major modifications you will note as our facilities begins to reopen.

Basketball Courts2020-05-21T17:13:02-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close courts if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Court/Facility Rules

  • Complex will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Rims will begin to be installed the week of May 24, 2020 and are expected to continue to be installed through June 1, 2020. Large parks will be completed first, moving immediately thereafter to our smaller parks.
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the courts if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.)
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or)
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home

Program Rules (adults, youth and any permitted users must follow these guidelines)

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from all other players on the court at all times; this includes if you are waiting for your turn outside of the court.
  • Single and individual use activities only; no group play unless in a shared household.
  • Do not touch any other players on the court (for instance, do not hug, shake hands, high five, etc.).
  • Avoid touching your face after touching the ball or other equipment.
  • Avoid sharing water, towels, or other materials with any other players.
  • Leave the court immediately after playing – in other words, avoid socializing or congregating after play (call your friends and arrange a virtual happy hour instead!).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after leaving the court.
Greenbelt Golf Course2020-05-21T09:35:11-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close this facility if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below.

Course Rules & Play Modifications

  • Monday – Sunday, the first available tee time is 9am and last available at 6pm for carts and 6:30pm for walkers. Tee times are now required. The use of carts and hours are as always, weather dependent.
  • Carts are 1 rider per cart with the exceptions being 1) if an individual under the age of 16 rides with an adult who is quarantined in the same household, or 2) if married couple who resides in the same household and has proof of shared residency.
  • The clubhouse is open with a limited number of customers + staff allowed in at one time.  We are accepting cash and credit card as forms of payment.  Sneeze guards are in place to protect the safety of those individuals making payment.
  • The driving range is open. You may hit one basket of balls at a time. If you would like to hit more, you will be asked to wait back in line. There will only be 4 spaces at the range to ensure physical distancing guidelines are met.
  • Flags are in but modified, please do NOT touch them. There will be no bunker rakes, ball washers, water or restrooms available to public on the course.
  • Available food includes fountain drinks, canned beverages, beer/wine, and pre-packaged food. You may also purchase proshop items.
  • Customers will be asked to wait at a safe distance of 6 feet from the individual in front of them for the proshop, greens fees, check-in, restroom etc.
  • No gathering is to take place inside or outside of the clubhouse at any time, for any reason.
  • Below is the open clubhouse operating plan or click here to download a copy:

For more information about changes in game play for golf, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.

 

Outdoor Playgrounds2020-05-26T13:37:54-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close playgrounds if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Playground/Facility Rules

  • Per the Governor’s Back on Track Indiana and Executive Orders, playgrounds shall remain closed until his office provides further guidance and a date to reopen.
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the playgrounds if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.).
  • Face coverings are highly recommended for everyone over 2 years of age.
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or).
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home.
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4.
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home.
  • Playgrounds are cleaned according to CDC guidelines.
Pickleball Courts2020-05-21T08:58:46-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close courts if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Court/Facility Rules

  • Complex will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the courts if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.)
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or)
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home

Program Rules (adults, youth and any permitted users must follow these guidelines)

  • Ease back into your Pickleball play, especially if you are a competitive Pickleball player, in order to prevent injury from under-playing.
  • Limit your Pickleball play to only people that you are quarantined with and others that are considered low-risk individuals.
  • Clean your Pickleball equipment (including your Pickleball paddle, Pickleballs, grips, hats, wristbands, towels, water bottles, and any other gear or equipment that you plan on taking to the Pickleball court).
  • Use new Pickleballs and have multiple Pickleballs so that you only touch and serve with your own Pickleball.  Your opponent only touches and serves his/her Pickleball.
  • The main entry gates shall be left open to prevent surface contact.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from all Pickleball players at all times; this includes if you are waiting for your turn outside of the court.
  • Only play singles or skinny singles, and do not change sides of the Pickleball court. The exception being unless you are playing with people that you are quarantined in the same house with.
  • Do not touch any Pickleball players (i.e. do not hug, shake hands, high five, paddle tap, etc.).
  • Consider wearing gloves on both hands.
  • Do not pick up any Pickleball, other than yours, with your hand; rather, kick the Pickleball in the desired direction using the bottom of your shoe. Consider writing your name on the ball.
  • Leave the Pickleball court immediately after playing – in other words, avoid socializing or gathering after play (call your friends and arrange a virtual happy hour instead!).
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after leaving the Pickleball court.

For more information about changes in game play for the various sports that utilize our complex on a routine basis, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.

Restrooms & Drinking Fountains2020-05-21T17:15:47-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close facilities/amenities if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Facility/Amenity Provisions

  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks. We expect that Donner Park, Blackwell Park and Clifty Park restrooms to be opened May 22 – June 1. We expect that Mill Race Pond and River, Lincoln Park, and Dick Wigh restrooms to be opened June 1-June 14.
  • Per CDC guidelines for Parks and Recreation Administrators, restrooms should be:
    • Cleaned and disinfected regularly, particularly high-touch surfaces as faucets, toilets, doorknobs, and light switches. Clean and disinfect restrooms daily or more often if possible.
    • Operational with functional toilets.
    • Regularly stocked with supplies for handwashing, including soap and materials for drying hands or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Drinking fountains will remain off until at least July 4. Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle and do not share.
Rocky Ford Golf Course2020-05-21T09:04:27-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close this facility if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below.

Course Rules & Play Modifications

  • The course remains open
  • Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 11am – 6:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am – 7pm. Gate will be locked at 6:30pm Monday – Friday and 7:30pm Saturday – Sunday.
  • The clubhouse is open with a limited number of customers + staff allowed in at one time.  We are accepting cash and credit card as forms of payment.  Sneeze guards are in place to protect the safety of those individuals making payment.
  • NO pull carts are not available for rent, you must bring your own.
  • Flags are in but modified, please do NOT touch them. There will be no bunker rakes, ball washers, water or restrooms available to public on the course.
  • Available food includes fountain drinks, canned beverages, beer/wine, and pre-packaged food. You may also purchase proshop items.
  • Customers will be asked to wait at a safe distance of 6 feet from the individual in front of them for the proshop, greens fees, check-in, restroom etc.
  • No gathering is to take place inside or outside of the clubhouse at any time, for any reason.

For more information about changes in game play for golf, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.

Shelters2020-05-21T16:29:51-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close these facilities if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below.

Facility Rules

  • Shelter reservation and use may resume May 22, 2020
  • Picnic tables will be placed back in shelters beginning May 22, 2020 and will be added such that social distancing guidelines, maximum gathering sizes and shelter capacity are accommodated for.
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the complex if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.)
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or)
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
Skatepark2020-05-21T11:35:20-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close the skatepark if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Skatepark Rules

  • Skatepark will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the facility if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.).
  • Face coverings are highly recommended.
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or).
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home.
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4.
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings.
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home.
Soccer Fields2020-05-21T11:28:38-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close this facility if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below.

Field/Complex Rules

  • Complex will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Goals will be placed during the week of May 24, 2020
  • Fields will be lined as necessitated by contracted groups
  • Permit requests will be honored on a limited basis
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the complex if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (high-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system).
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring your are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or)
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home

Programs Rules (Adult & youth recreational, travel and permitted uses must follow these guidelines)

  • Minimize physical touching between players, coaches and spectators; eliminate all celebratory contact
  • If required by your governing organization, coaches are required to wear appropriate face coverings during training sessions. If not required, face coverings for coaches are HIGHLY recommended. Players should be allowed to wear masks while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player’s parent of guardian. If required by your governing organization, any other individuals attending the training session are required to wear appropriate face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. If not required, face coverings are HIGHLY recommended.
  • Eliminate shared equipment which could include, pinnies, balls, water bottles, towels, etc.  The handling of all training items (i.e., cones, flags, goals etc.) should be limited to coaches.
  • Coaches should avoid having players stand or assemble in lines or small groups. Coaches should alter their training methods to incorporate appropriate social distancing (maintaining 6’ distancing between players when providing instruction, etc.). It is recommended that player and referee benches be removed, and that players and referees provide their own individual seating to allow for 6’ separation.
  • Any facilities that are accessible during training and games should be cleaned and disinfected more regularly. Parks will be routinely cleaning with a higher frequency but This is the responsibility of the permitted user or public user.
  • Bring your own seating, spectator seating will be removed or cordoned off.
  • And contracted or permitted users, should assign people to be physically present to monitor fields and facilities to politely but firmly ask any groups of parents or players to disperse and maintain appropriate distancing and that failure to do so risks the sanctioning and protection (including insurance) for the players and the club. Parks is NOT patrolling to enforce social distancing, however, if we see it is being abused we reserve the right to close the complex.

For more information about changes in game play for the various sports that utilize our complex on a routine basis, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.

Softball/Baseball Diamonds2020-05-21T12:40:34-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close this facility if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below.

Field/Complex Rules

  • Diamonds will reopen for public use on May 22, 2020 (this applies to those facilities that are not locked during a regular day)
  • Fields will be lined as necessitated by contracted groups
  • Permit requests will be honored on a limited basis and at the discretion of the parks department
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Max gathering numbers for each stage of the Governor’s Back on Track Indiana plan will be followed. Under more specific guidance is provided, a “facility” as referenced in the document shall be defined by the location where the diamonds exist. Lincoln will be considered 1 facility. Clifty Park baseball diamonds will be considered 1 complex. Clifty Park softball diamonds (inside the fence) will be considered 1 facility. Southside baseball and softball diamonds will all be considered 1 facility.
  • Do NOT come to the complex if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (high-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system).
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended.
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or).
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home.
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4.
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings. Exit the facility immediate upon completion of your scheduled game.
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home.

Programs Rules (Adult & youth recreational, travel and permitted uses must follow these guidelines)

  • Bleachers will either be removed or taped off; spectators will need to bring in their own seating. If there are identified social distancing boxes outlined, please ensure you sit in those designated areas. If quarantined in the same household, can sit within the same box, if not, must sit in a different box.
  • No canopies will be set up and there will be a restriction around the concessions awning (reduce gathering spaces)
  • Dugouts will be sanitized according to the latest CDC guidance on the life of the virus on surfaces (fence, team benches, posts leading out)
  • If using the batting cages, you must bring your own bats and helmets, no equipment will be provided until after July 4.
  • Where drinking fountains exist, they will not be in use until July 4 or later.
  • Limiting spectators to two people per player.
  • Recommend that spectators who are 65+ or in a high risk category, take extreme caution when deciding to attend events in the diamond complexes. CDC and Back on Track IN guidelines should be followed.
  • Limited contact between umpires and coaches.
  • Umpires to text or call in scores, and are not allowed to socialize with directors in between games. Please go to area station for umpires during games off
  • Recommend that no more than 3 players in dugouts at one time and they must be spaced out. Players may have to set in bleachers outside dugouts or stand outside being 6 feet apart.
  • Recommend that only two coaches be allowed in a dugout.
  • No seating in the outfield behind any temporary fencing.
  • Players should not be allowed to share equipment.
  • No handshaking, high fiving, hugging, prayer lines etc.
  • No gum or sunflower seeds along with anything else that can be transferred from the mouth while playing.
  • All teams will be made to clean dugouts up after finishing their games.
  • Allow any PPE Equipment players might want to use.
  • All players must provide a bottle of their own hand sanitizer.
  • Allow players to wear batting gloves while in the field.
  • Restrict huddles before games, between innings or after games.
  • Restrict conferences allowed except with coach and pitcher and suggest using a mask to talk when they do.
  • Station umpires according to your sanctioned bodies requirements or guidelines.
  • Recommend no gate to be taken at entry of park.

Concessions Rules

  • Food options will be limited to those that are prepackaged and do not require staff assemble or preparation of food.
  • Counter tops and other public fixtures will be regularly disinfected following use by patrons and staff.
  • All patrons are to stay 6’ apart ordering and receiving food due to social distancing.
  • Concession staff will be provided and required to use PPE while on duty.
  • Stations for staff will ensure that those handling payment will not be the same staff preparing food and drink.
  • A sneeze guard between staff and customers will be put in place to ensure sanitary barrier.
  • Max # of ppl per shift to allow for social distancing at each station in the concession stand if someone is present that cannot wear a face covering.

Restrooms at Diamond Complexes

  • Per CDC guidelines for Parks and Recreation Administrators, restrooms should be:
    • Cleaned and disinfected regularly, particularly high-touch surfaces as faucets, toilets, doorknobs, and light switches. Clean and disinfect restrooms daily or more often if possible.
    • Operational with functional toilets.
    • Regularly stocked with supplies for handwashing, including soap and materials for drying hands or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Tennis Courts2020-05-21T11:26:33-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close courts if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Court/Facility Rules

  • Complex will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Nets will be reinstalled the week of May 24, 2020
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the courts if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.).
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended.
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or).
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home.
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4.
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings.
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home.
  • Court gates on Lafayette Ave will remain locked, all participants must enter through the gates that are unlocked and open on the park side of the courts.
  • Tennis equipment should be touched only by the pro/coach and should be cleaned frequently. Use alcohol-based disinfectant to clean all tennis gear, including racquets, towels, target cones, ball machines, etc.

Program Rules (adults, youth and any permitted users must follow these guidelines)

  • Use every second court where practical.
  • Players should stay on their side of court and avoid changing ends.
  • Recommend that only one parent/guardian accompany younger children to the facility when possible.
  • Position the players at well-spaced stations.
  • Live ball drills and game-based play is recommended over using baskets.
  • Limit the use of coaching equipment such as target cones.
  • Don’t let the players handle any coaching equipment. The coach should pick up the balls.
  • Encourage players to use their racquet/foot to push balls back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching the balls.
  • Practice caution with the tennis balls and avoid letting the participants touch them. Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces up to three days.
  • Try to restrict balls to a particular group, court or day of the week. One idea is to label them with a permanent marker.
  • Replace all balls if someone suspected to have COVID-19 comes in contact with them.
  • Consider spraying tennis balls briefly with a disinfectant spray (e.g., Lysol or Clorox) at the conclusion of play. Using new balls on a very regular basis is highly encouraged.
  • Using a ball machine is a great option for giving lessons, as it avoids having people touch the balls. Using ball tubes and basket pickups to pick up loose balls after a ball machine rotation also limits contact.
  • We have limited activities to casual court rental, one-on-one coaching, small groups and private lessons.
  • We have stagger booking times to create a buffer between sessions.

For more information about changes in game play for tennis, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.

Volleyball Courts2020-05-21T09:28:20-04:00

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close courts if we deem necessary due to individuals not respecting guidelines established as indicated below. 

Court/Facility Rules

  • Complex will reopen May 22, 2020
  • Nets will be reinstalled the week of May 24, 2020
  • Restrooms will be opened beginning May 22, 2020 on a staggered basis throughout all parks
  • Social distancing of 6 foot by all individuals in the complex EXCEPT those that have been quarantined in the same household.
  • Do NOT come to the courts if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Have been in contact with anyone that has had COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.
    • Are a high-risk individual and your local health and government officials are directing you to stay home (High-risk individuals include those 65+ and people with serious underlying health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and illnesses that compromise breathing or the immune system.).
  • If not participating in an active sport, face coverings are highly recommended.
  • Abide by the maximum social gathering sizes WHILE ensuring you are practicing social distancing (it is not an either or).
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer, both frequently. Individuals should bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Use the restroom before leaving home.
  • Bring your own water or alternate hydration bottle, drinking fountains will not be turned on until after July 4.
  • Sneeze or cough only into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Limit your time at the facility so that you arrive just before you event begins to decrease gatherings.
  • Avoid touching frequently used surfaces such as water fountains, gates, fences, nets, benches, handles, bathrooms/fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times.
  • Shower and wash and change your clothes immediately upon returning home.

Program Rules (adults, youth and any permitted users must follow these guidelines)

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from all other players on the court at all times; this includes if you are waiting for your turn outside of the court.
  • Suspend the protocol of teams switching sides during play. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage then teams will switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols.
  • Establish volleyball specific social distancing match protocols including the elimination of handshakes, high fives, and huddles. Also, the modified coin toss, warm-up and substitution procedures should be used.
  • Refrain from using an immediately adjacent court whenever possible – guidelines call for a minimum of 25 feet between courts utilized.
  • Stagger match start times to space out participant’s entry.
  • Create no touch procedures for trophy, medal & award distribution.
  • Avoid touching your face after touching the ball or other equipment.
  • Leave the court immediately after playing – in other words, avoid socializing or congregating after play (call your friends and arrange a virtual happy hour instead!).
  • Sanitize courts, volleyballs, rakes, and all equipment after each match.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after leaving the court.

For more information about changes in game play for volleyball, please visit the below listed National or State Governing organization. We are abiding by and requiring our user groups who use the complex, to abide by these National and/or State (whichever is more stringent) organization guidelines for return to play.