ALERT: Covid-19 Updates:
August 19, 2021:
A member of the Youth Programs Staff at the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District has tested positive for Covid-19. The affected staff member has been off work since August 16, had minimal contact with others, and will quarantine at home. The District has been working with the Clatsop County Department of Public Health, and is taking precautions beyond those recommended to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.
Youth Programs will be closed Friday, August 20 for extra cleaning of the facility and to allow time to see if any other staff or patrons develop symptoms.
The District will continue to require masks for all patrons and staff while indoors and would like to urge the public to get vaccinated if you are not already. Besides vaccination, masks are the best practice we can utilize for limiting the spread of COVID. Our priority is to protect the safety of our staff and patrons as we serve the community.
August 11, 2021:
Due to a surge of Covid-19 cases, the State of Oregon is requiring a mask in all indoor spaces, effective Friday, August 13. This requirement is for all individuals (staff & patrons), regardless of vaccination status. Currently there is no other guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and there are no other restrictions on the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. This means that we do not need to make other alterations to our programs and schedule at this time.
The District will begin complying with this policy immediately and be fully compliant by Friday. The District’s current policy is:
Masks are required for all patrons and staff while indoors. Exceptions to the requirement are for patrons who are swimming or in an aquatic activity (fitness class, swim lessons, etc.). Other fitness activities do not qualify for exemption from the mandate, meaning at indoor fitness class participants and staff need to be masked unless they are in the water.
This requirement includes youth program staff and children enrolled in youth programs. However, youth program staff and enrolled children do not have to wear masks while outdoors or while eating or drinking.
Staff who work in a private office setting where social distancing can be maintained are not required to wear a mask unless they are in close proximity with another staff or patron.
Staff and patrons traveling in a District vehicle with another person should wear a mask.
Staff do not have to wear a mask while working outside, provided that they can socially distance from other staff, patrons, and the general public.
It is crucial that each of us do our part to limit the spread of COVID. Yesterday, the State of Oregon registered the highest case count since the beginning of the pandemic. We urge you to get vaccinated, if you are not already. Besides vaccination, masks are the best practice we can utilize for limiting the spread of COVID. Our priority is to protect the safety of our staff and patrons as we serve the community.