Stafford County received good news this week when Governor Ralph Northam announced the county would move into the second phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to reopen Virginia after the Coronavirus closure. Stafford will enter Phase Two on Friday, June 5, 2020, along with most of the rest of the state as crucial statewide health metrics continue to show positive signs.
One of the changes in Phase Two is the relaxing of restrictions on sports and recreational venues. Fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy, and certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions. These venues include museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor concert, sporting, and performing arts venues. Swimming pools may also expand operations to both indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction.
What does this mean for patrons of Stafford’s parks?
Please see the details below on Phase II’s impact on parks. Information on the rules and social distancing requirements per Phase Two will be posted clearly at each facility.
The following facilities have been open and will continue to be open with social distancing in place:
- The Governor reopened beaches last week
- Aquia Landing and Falmouth beaches will continue to be open with social distancing in place
- The Gauntlet golf course
- The skate park at Brooks Park
The following facilities will reopen Friday, June 5, 2020:
- Athletic Fields
- Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts
The following facilities will reopen Monday, June 8, 2020:
- Restrooms at all facilities will reopen on June 8 due to the return of furloughed parks employees
- The Rouse Center – to find out more about the impact of Phase Two to their programs, visit: www.rousecenter.com
The Gymnastics Center will be surveying parents to identify the willingness of parents to allow children to return under Phase Two with a very modified program of conditioning only – no use of shared equipment. The date of the reopening will be determined once the survey is complete.
At this time, County pools will remain closed through Phase Two due to COVID restrictions and staffing limitations. Playgrounds remain closed.
For more questions, please visit www.staffordparks.com.