The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA) is continuing to monitor the developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently , there are no plans to postpone or cancel any events at this time. We want you to know that we are most conscious of current public health concerns and your safety is  always paramount 

APRA recognizes  the gravity of the situation , and should circumstances  change or need to change – whether based on a governmental decree or otherwise –we will examine all options necessary for the safety and well-being of the APRA family in mind. Currently, there  are no governmental limitations on domestic travel or restrictions imposed on international inbound travel beyond those already in place; therefore, unless the CDC, State of Arizona or local authorities impose gathering restrictions, scheduled events will likely go on. Should restrictions be announced, APRA will communicate options for on-line training or course postponement.

Our leadership team is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) updates regarding COVID-19 and following their recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures. We have well-established hygiene standards and daily cleaning procedures for all upcoming on-site training  classes to address both general cleanliness and disinfection.

We understand your respective towns and cities may be restricting travel and APRA will  certainly consider that with  our  determinations. At this time, our current refund policy stands. As the past few days has shown, information changes hourly so we remain cautiously optimistic.   

We stand vigilant, together as a profession and the example we set for the state by our response and resolve for cooler heads to prevail; knowledge (and good hygiene!) is power. 

Stay on top of the latest developments by monitoring local communications on the APRA Forums page. 

APRA Office and Programs

The APRA Office is closed and its staff is working remotely. Emails are the best way to reach us. APRA is following the CDC Employer Response Recommendations for its office and events, and eliminating non-essential travel through May.

All in-person workshops scheduled through May have been cancelled or rescheduled, some as webinars. See the list of upcoming APRA Workshops and Webinars, including FREE Virtual Roundtables by viewing the event calendar.

Members may post specific questions and responses in the interactive forum of the APRA  Forum page linked above and watch for other relevant news and updates on the APRA Facebook page and future email blasts.

Available Resources

State Resources

Arizona Department of Health Services

Governor Ducey Emergency Declaration 

Governor Ducey Executive Order

Arizona Game and Fish Covid Updates

Maricopa County Updates

Arizona State Parks and Trails Update

April 3 Governor Guidance on Essential Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Community and Faith-Based Organizations
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Communications Resources
Cases and Latest Updates
Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater
Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19

Other Federal, National, World Resources
The White House Coronavirus Guidelines for America
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
WHO: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Johns Hopkins CSSE Coronavirus: COVID-19 Global Cases GIS Dashboard

General Park and Recreation Resources
How Can Public Space managers Help Fight COVID-19, Project for Public Spaces
Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing, NRPA
Access to Parks and the Outdoors is Crucial for Mental Health in Our Communities, NRPA
This is Going to Leave a Mark, PRPS
FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts, NRPA
Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Fast-Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic, NRPA
Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?, NRPA
How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61, NRPA
Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019, NRPA

USTA Statement

Health & Wellness Guidance Resources
COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites that Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs
COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health and Wellbeing During an Outbreak
COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population
No Kid Hungry Coronavirus Grant Request
Serving Meals During COVID-19: Out-of-School Time Partners
Staying Safe, Healthy, and Entertained During the Coronavirus, NEEF

Park, Facility, Playground and Maintenance Resources
Experts: Stop taking children to playgrounds, playdates during coronavirus outbreakGlobal News
Cleaning Procedures for Campgrounds and Recreation Areas, Recreation Resource Management
Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic, NRPA
State of Play Guide to Playground Hygiene, AAA
Playground Professionals How Clean Are Your Playgrounds?
Recommendations on Cleaning and Disinfection, CDC
Guidance on COVID-19, OSHA

NRPA Statement on Playgrounds and Play Structures

At this time there are no further recommendations for playgrounds and other outdoor equipment. Check with your playground/equipment manufacturer for cleaning and sanitizing instructions.

Aquatics Resources
Resources on Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater, CDC
Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19, WHO
World Health Organization Technical Brief

How Parks and Recreation Are Engaging Their Communities
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Matrix for Assessing Permitted Events
Park and Recreation Agencies Step Up to Provide Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic, NRPA
City of Watsonville (CA) Virtual Recreation Center
Farmers Branch (TX) Community Recreation Center "See You Soon" Video
Grapevine Parks and Recreation (TX) 3-Minute Workout 
Georgia State Park Isolating COVID-19 Patients

Nutrition & Food Distribution Resources
Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response, USDA   
Nationwide Child Nutrition Waivers, USDA  To ensure access to meals through the child nutrition programs as communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to issue waivers to increase cost

Children & Family Resources
Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crises,
Food and Nutrition Service Guidance on Human Pandemic Response, USDA
Keep kids' play dates small, outside and low-contact during pandemic, doctors advise, NPR News
Dealing with Disappointment During Coronavirus Cancellations, Postponements, Positive Coaching Alliance

Downloadable Infographics
Infographic on Social Distancing in Parks and Trails (To copy or share the image, click on it to open the full size in a new tab, then right click the image and choose “save as” or copy and paste into a document.)
Image Credit: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

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