Travis County Parks (TCP) will manage its park system based on local orders and the Austin Public Health (APH) 5 stage risk-based guidelines which provides recommendations for the community to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the guidelines, TCP will determine best management practices for the park system, taking into consideration the need for adequate staffing levels and park visitor compliance with state and local directives.

Additional Resources

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) - Specific Guidance for Common Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities and Programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Overview Status of Park Amenities

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
Athletic Fields (Adult) Open Some Restrictions. Single day tournaments only. Restricted use. No tournaments    
Athletic Fields (Youth) Open Some Restrictions. Single day tournaments only. Restricted use. No tournaments    
Basketball Courts Open Open      
Shelters Open Limited Capacity Limited capacity    
Enclosed Pavilions Open Limited Capacity      
Drinking Fountains Open Open Open    
Exercise Stations Open Open Open    
EM Pool Open if feasible Open if feasible Open if feasible    
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits Open Open Open    
Playgrounds Open Open Open;    
Restrooms Open Open Limited Limited  
Skate Park Open Open Limited capacity    
Splash Pad Open Open      
Tennis Courts Open Open Open    
Trails Open Open Open Open Open
Sand Volleyball Courts Open Open Open    
Boat Ramps Open Open Open Open (some may remain closed)  
Improved Camping Open Open Open    
Primitive Camping Open Open      
Fishing Ponds Open Open Open Open   
Fishing Piers Open Open Open Limited  
Rock Climbing Open Open Open    
Mountain Biking Open Open Open Open  
Disc Golf Open Open Open Open  
BMX Track Open Limited Limited Capacity    
Special Events Limited Limited Limited Limited  

Stage 1 COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines. Practice good hygiene. Stay home if sick. Avoid sick people. Higher risk individuals (age over 65, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, lung, and kidney disease, immunocompromised, obesity) should avoid gatherings greater than 25 and avoid dining/shopping except with precautions. Lower risk individuals (no substantial underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings (gathering size TBD). Workplaces open are all businesses.

  • All Parks open.
  • Follow local and state orders.
  • Additional disinfection of high touch surfaces.

Restrooms

  • Disinfected on regular schedule

Special Events – reviewed on case by case basis

  • The level of transmission in the community and in areas from which people will travel.
  • The overall number of attendees.
  • The population served and number of people attending who may be high-risk.
  • The density of attendees in a confined area and the area where event would occur (e.g. outdoor vs. indoor).
  • The feasibility in limiting the number of people attending.
  • The ability to make modifications to the event that support adherence to physical distancing.
  • The supplies needed to protect event attendees and staff.
  • The level of community awareness and education about the additional public health and safety measures in place.
  • The likelihood of attendees following public health and safety measures and the ability to monitor and enforce measures.

Swimming Pool – Open if feasible (Adequate lifeguard staff)

  • Capacity 30 swimmers.
  • Cleaning and disinfection measures for all parts of facility daily and after each use if equipment is shared (restrooms, pool furniture, front desk, pool noodles, concessions, doorknobs, locker rooms, faucets/sinks, etc.).
  • Monitoring of physical distancing to maintain 6 ft. of distance between people from separate households while not detracting from lifeguarding responsibilities. Ensuring policies are developed on enforcement of physical distancing.
  • Implementing environmental controls — barriers between staff and pool users, removal of furniture, entry lines with 6 ft of distance, shared spaces including offices, limiting equipment sharing, etc.
  • Swimming pool user measures — proper hygiene, face coverings (not while in water), conducting health screenings, using PSA system to remind users to distance, etc.
  • Staff safety measures — establish policies for safe behavioral practices (physical distancing, hand washing, face coverings, health screenings, protocols on first aid and CPR, etc).
  • Communications and community awareness and education plan.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others.

Splash Pad

  • Installing signage clearly documenting allowable behaviors on site (staying home when ill, proper hygiene, physical distancing, etc).
  • Ensuring that community members are aware and educated about public health protection measures and risk.
  • Encouraging proper hygiene, hand washing, and hand sanitizing
  • Staff monitoring physical distancing to ensure that the public is adhering to limitations on gatherings and not mixing with people outside their household.

Land Management Program

  • Prescribed burns scheduled within normal guidelines.

Park Amenities Stage 1 Status

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 1
Athletic Fields (Adult) Open
Athletic Fields (Youth) Open
Basketball Courts Open
Shelters Open
Enclosed Pavilions Open
Drinking Fountains Open
Exercise Stations Open
EM Pool Open
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits Open
Playgrounds Open
Restrooms Open
Skate Park Open
Splash Pad Open
Tennis Courts Open
Trails Open
Sand Volleyball Courts Open
Boat Ramps Open
Improved Camping Open
Primitive Camping Open
Fishing Ponds Open
Fishing Piers Open
Rock Climbing Open
Mountain Biking Open
Disc Golf Open
BMX Track Open
Special Events Limited
Prescribed Burns Regular Operation

Stage 2 COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines. Practice good hygiene. Stay home if sick. Avoid sick people. Maintain social distancing. Wear facial coverings. Higher risk individuals (age over 65, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, lung, and kidney disease, immunocompromised, obesity) should avoid gatherings greater than 10 and avoid dining/shopping except as essential. Lower risk individuals (no substantial underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings greater than 25 and avoid dining/shopping except with precautions. Workplaces open are essential and reopened businesses.

  • All Parks open.
  • Social distancing and masks recommended.
  • Follow local and state orders.
  • Additional disinfection of high touch surfaces.

Restrooms

  • Disinfected at least once per day depending on use

Shelter reservations group size

  • Small Shelter – 25 (normal capacity 30)
  • Large Shelter – 25 (normal capacity 50)
  • X-Large Shelter – 25 (normal capacity 100)
  • Mansfield Dam Enclosed Pavilion – 25 (normal capacity 30)
  • Bob Wentz Enclosed Pavilion – 15 (normal capacity 20)
  • East Metro Enclosed Pavilion – 25 (normal capacity 200)

Special Events – reviewed on case by case basis

  • The level of transmission in the community and in areas from which people will travel.
  • The overall number of attendees.
  • The population served and number of people attending who may be high-risk.
  • The density of attendees in a confined area and the area where event would occur (e.g. outdoor vs. indoor).
  • The feasibility in limiting the number of people attending.
  • The ability to make modifications to the event that support adherence to physical distancing.
  • The supplies needed to protect event attendees and staff.
  • The level of community awareness and education about the additional public health and safety measures in place.
  • The likelihood of attendees following public health and safety measures and the ability to monitor and enforce measures.

Athletic Fields

  • Single Day tournaments only
  • It is the organizer’s responsibility to comply with park rules and the governor’s current checklist with regard to Adult Recreational Sports Operators and Participants, and Youth Sports Operators and Participants, which can be viewed at https://open.texas.gov/.  Lack of compliance will result in forfeiture of field use with no refund.
  • Organizer must submit detailed plan to reservations desk to show how they are enforcing the governor’s checklist and meeting additional TCP expectations.
  • Games/Practices will be scheduled to provide buffer after end of game to allow for teams to leave before next group arrives.
  • Adult/Youth Sports –– Spectators should be kept to a minimum, and must follow current state social gathering limits and physical distancing guidelines. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing equipment or other common objects.
  • No congregating in parking lot after games
  • Officials will wear face masks.
  • No spitting. No sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc
  • No game high-fives or handshakes.
  • No sharing equipment
  • Organizer is responsible for bringing their own supplies such as hand sanitizer

Skate park

  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others. – Participants and Spectators must follow current state social gathering limits and physical distancing guidelines. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing common objects.
  • Installing signage clearly documenting allowable behaviors on site (staying home when ill, proper hygiene, physical distancing, etc).
  • Ensuring that community members are aware and educated about public health protection measures and risk.
  • Encouraging proper hygiene, hand washing, and hand sanitizing

Swimming Pool – Open if feasible (Adequate lifeguard staff)

  • Limited Capacity.
  • Cleaning and disinfection measures for all parts of facility daily and after each use if equipment is shared (restrooms, pool furniture, front desk, pool noodles, concessions, doorknobs, locker rooms, faucets/sinks, etc.).
  • Monitoring of physical distancing to maintain 6 ft. of distance between people from separate households while not detracting from lifeguarding responsibilities. Ensuring policies are developed on enforcement of physical distancing.
  • Implementing environmental controls — barriers between staff and pool users, removal of furniture, entry lines with 6 ft of distance, shared spaces including offices, limiting equipment sharing, etc.
  • Swimming pool user measures — proper hygiene, face coverings (not while in water), conducting health screenings, using PSA system to remind users to distance, etc.
  • Staff safety measures — establish policies for safe behavioral practices (physical distancing, hand washing, face coverings, health screenings, protocols on first aid and CPR, etc).
  • Communications and community awareness and education plan.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others.

Splash Pad

  • Installing signage clearly documenting allowable behaviors on site (staying home when ill, proper hygiene, physical distancing, etc).
  • Ensuring that community members are aware and educated about public health protection measures and risk.
  • Encouraging proper hygiene, hand washing, and hand sanitizing.
  • Staff monitoring physical distancing to ensure that the public is adhering to limitations on gatherings and not mixing with people outside their household.

Playgrounds and Outdoor Exercise Equipment

  • Provide signage.
  • Do not spray disinfectant on outdoor playgrounds — it is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce risk of COVID-19 to the public.
  • High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings cleaned daily.

Central Texas BMX COVID-19 Operation Plan

Local racing only.  No regional events.

  • Wednesday Practice 6pm-9pm
  • Local Racing Friday 6:30pm to 9pm
  • Saturday Practice 10am to 2pm
  • Local Racing Sunday 1:30pm to 5pm

Central Texas BMX is committed to providing a safe, quality and fun asset for the community, and despite COVID-19 we plan to ensure this is still the case in 2020. The following plan provides an outline of the inherently safe structure of BMX as it relates to COVID-19 and the protocols being installed allowing for safe event operation. This plan has been spearheaded by USA BMX utilizing guidance from the CDC, WHO and White House guidelines. We are confident these protocols and plan will allow us to safely provide BMX racing for the community.

World Health Organization Risk Assessment

A risk assessment matrix provided by the World Health Organization suggests BMX racing presents a low level of risk for the transmission and further spread of COVID-19 concerning gatherings. Additionally, BMX racing falls under phase 1 of the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from the White House.

Furthermore, one key consideration for hosting a sporting event in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak is whether the sport could be considered a lower or higher risk. Lower risk sports are those where physical distancing is possible. The goal for a rider is to NOT come into contact with another rider. Given the key considerations above, BMX is a lower risk sport.

The Advantage of BMX

BMX has many natural advantages within the structure of the sport that allow for safe participation and operation.

Non-Contact: BMX is a non-contact sport where riders are naturally separated during both practice and racing.

Protective Equipment: By rule, participants wear gloves, full-face helmets, long pants and long sleeve shirts. The full-face helmet is essentially a face covering for the athlete. This is not shared equipment, and each participant uses their own personal equipment.

Small Groups and Large Outdoor Field of Play: Participants are divided into small groups for participation with a maximum number of participants on the race track at one time is eight, however, the average number of participants on the track at one time is five. Safety is also aided by the large field of play of Central Texas BMX track, which is more than 1 acre in size. Additionally, the BMX track has a well-defined and clear entrance point and a separate exit point.

Large Outdoor Area: In addition to the large field of play, Central Texas BMX is located in a very large park with ample parking and space. The venue provides non-designated, festival-type seating that can easily accommodate physical distancing guidelines. The vast size of the facility allows for very simple and safe social distancing with families - easily distancing themselves from others in pods.

Rider Pits: Riders arrive in their personal transport vehicles, including but not limited to pick-up trucks, vans, motorhomes or campers. Accompanied mostly by family members, they park and pit as a family unit, spread out through-out the facility.

Demographic: 76% of BMX participants are under the age of 18. Furthermore 87% are under the age of 40. These participants are generally very athletic and active. They are not members of the elderly or the COVID-19 high-risk community.

Event Spectator Flow: Unlike many events where all spectators are watching the event at one time, in BMX only a fraction of the spectators are in the designated spectating area at any given time. Similar to a swim meet, spectators (moms and dads) traditionally migrate from their pits to the designated spectating areas shortly before their rider races and they generally leave as the rider leaves the field of play. BMX races are typically 45 seconds long, thus the total time in the spectating area is short and it is a continuous flow as the event moves from age group race to the next age group race.

Block Racing: The ability to implement block racing can drastically reduce the overall attendance. While this approach generally is not necessary due to the large outdoor passive recreation concept of a track it does give the ability to adhere to the strictest of attendance limits. The blocks would consist of novice, intermediate, and expert racers. Each block would be given 30 minutes for registration and practice and 45 minutes for racing.

Central Texas BMX will implement a variety of procedures to promote social distancing and keep common areas sanitized. The facility will have volunteer staff during operation dedicated to ensuring social distancing protocols. The following protocols will be in effect until further direction is given by local jurisdiction.

General Precautionary Measures

Central Texas BMX will be implementing several precautionary measures based on the recommendations of the WHO, CDC, state, county and local authorities.

Limited Spectators: Encouraging only one (1) spectator per participant to attend our racing venue. If multiple family members must attend we will encourage others to remain in their vehicle. Additionally, ample signage will be placed on and around the bleachers to ensure proper separation.

Remote Viewing: To ensure that all can view their riders racing despite the one spectator rule, all races will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Social Distancing Measures: In addition to limiting the spectators congregating around the field of play, the facility will have ample signage promoting social distancing. Bleachers will be clearly labeled and marked to ensure distancing.

Disinfecting Procedures, Hand Washing & Sanitizing: Rigorous cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented to promote a clean and healthy environment. Additionally, we will encourage additional hand washing with our permanent restrooms on-site, which will be serviced and disinfected prior to every event.

Park Staff will disinfect prior to each track reservation.

Event Staff PPE: All event staff will be provided with masks, gloves and wipes by the organizer. Upon reporting to work, all staff will have their forehead temperature taken. Any staff demonstrating an elevated temperature will be sent home. Additional temperature checks will be required if staff start to feel ill.

Attendee Education: Through a multi-modal communication strategy (e.g., signage, flyers, social media, website, PSA announcements, etc), Central Texas BMX will effectively communicate to the attendees good COVID-19 mitigation practices including 1) frequently wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces; 2) Avoid touching their face; 3) Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of their elbow; 4) Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible; 5) Strongly encourage and consider using face coverings.

Sport Specific Precautionary Measures Central Texas BMX has carefully identified areas within the event that need improved structure to maximize social distance. This list is meant to serve as a guideline and will be our best practices. We will make changes if necessary to ensure for the safety and well-being of our riders and spectators.

Contactless Registration: To limit the interaction Central Texas BMX will offer and encourage a cashless, contactless transaction utilizing a cash transfer app such as Signup Genius, Venmo, Paypal, or Square with online web access prior to the race event. This will nearly eliminate interaction for registration.

Customer Service: There will be times when an attendee needs to communicate to staff. This will occur between the glass barriers of our concession windows. Furthermore, as more than one attendee may be in line for customer service, social distancing signage will be affixed to the ground, clearly labeling an excess of 6 feet between attendees.

Moto Sheet: Moto Sheets outline the day's events and inform the participants of their groupings. The posting of these sheets traditionally creates a gathering of participants. To mitigate this Moto Sheets will not be posted, rather published online.

Staging: In BMX, staging first organizes the riders into groups and then advances the riders to the starting gate. Traditionally, riders are organized into 10 staging chutes before moving in waves to the starting gate. To ensure proper distancing, the size of the staging area will be substantially increased and lengthened. Riders will be spread out in a much longer area and instead of utilizing all 10 chutes, only 5 will be utilized to create additional distancing. Parents of younger riders will no longer be allowed in staging to further decrease the number of people in this area.

Attendance Restrictions: Riders and attendees will only be permitted if registering to race, there will be no practice on race-day for those not racing.

Equipment: Loaner helmets and rental bikes will not be available thus eliminating the possibility for any shared equipment.

Finish Line Area: At the conclusion of each race, riders will immediately leave the finish line area to return to their pits. There will be no congregating and riders will be educated that for now good sportsmanship entails simply telling your fellow racers “Good Race”, and immediately returning to your pit area. No high fives, no contact.

Awards: At the conclusion of the racing event, awards will be given before riders exit the track area. We will ask that once the racer has collected their award they exit the facility as expeditiously as possible.

Despite the challenges COVID-19 presents, Central Texas BMX is prepared to offer a safe sanctuary of fun for BMX riders and their families. Through the implementation of these protocols, BMX can be provided today while meeting the needs of both the BMX racing community and those of the City of Central Texas.

Tennis

See playing tennis safely infographic from USTA.

 

Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts

  • Clear signage posted outlining use and enforcement.
  • Allow for physical distancing and monitoring of distancing requirements.
  • Support single and individual use activities. Use by individuals from same household only.
  • Limit equipment sharing outside of the same household.

Land Management Program

  • Prescribed burns with additional guidelines.

Individual Expectations

  1. Individuals will not report to a project if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Individuals should take their temperature prior to reporting to a project (100.4 is considered a fever).
  3. Individuals will report with the appropriate face coverings (natural fiber recommended).
  4. Individuals will report with individual hand sanitizing material.
  5. Individuals will maintain social distancing at all times within and between crews.
  6. Individuals will arrive with all water and sports drinks IN THEIR PACK that they will need for the operational period. Rigs will have an emergency supply of liquids only.

Organizational Expectations

  1. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the project. This includes rolling stock (steering wheel, locks, nozzles etc.), radios, and cellphones.
  2. Equipment assignments will be made prior to the project.
  3. Whenever possible individuals will be assigned to the equipment they take to the project (Module of One concept will be maintained throughout operation).
  4. Whenever possible, the initial equipment assignment will be carried throughout the project.
  5. Crews will not be rotated between equipment, unless there is an emergency need.
  6. Additional equipment, specifically trucks, will be needed to support shuttling crews to the projects and to support ignition crews.
  7. Staging locations will need to be large enough to accommodate greater distancing. A truck length should be maintained between all vehicles.
  8. Briefings will occur only in fully ventilated areas.
  9. Vehicle operators will be required to exit vehicles for any field briefings (to maintain social distancing due to engine noise).
  10. Briefings may be limited to one contact per resource/crew. It will be the POC’s responsibility to brief their resource.
  11. Hand tools, drip torches and other equipment will not be shared.
  12. Shared equipment such as portable pumps and drip torch cans will require sanitization during the operation.
  13. Gates and combination locks will require sanitization during the operation.
  14. Additional drinking water supplies will need to be ordered. Shared water resources will be avoided.
  15. A designated EMT with the appropriate COVID-19 protective gear is recommended.
  16. Standards will be evaluated in AAR and any proposed changes communicated to CTXRX Council.

MISSION: To foster cooperation among all parties with an interest or stake in prescribed fire for the purpose of promoting, conserving, and expanding the responsible use of fire as a land management tool. https://www.centexrxfire.org/

Other

  1. Non-essential fireline staff will not be allowed on the line-media etc.

Park Amenities Stage 2 Status

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 2
Athletic Field Games (Adult) Some Restrictions. Single day tournaments only.
Athletic Field Games (Youth) Some Restrictions. Single day tournaments only.
Basketball Courts Open
Shelters Limited Capacity
Enclosed Pavilions Limited
Drinking Fountains Open
Exercise Stations Open 
EM Pool Open if feasible
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits Open
Playgrounds Open 
Restrooms Open
Skate Park Open
Splash Pad Open
Tennis Courts Open
Trails Open
Sand Volleyball Courts Open
Boat Ramps Open
Improved Camping Open
Primitive Camping Open
Hamilton Pool Open
Fishing Ponds Open
Fishing Piers Open
Rock Climbing Open
Mountain Biking Open
Disc Golf Open
BMX Track Open
Special Events Limited
Prescribed Burns Additional Guidelines

Stage 3 COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines. Practice good hygiene. Stay home if sick. Avoid sick people. Maintain social distancing. Wear facial coverings. Higher risk individuals (age over 65, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, lung, and kidney disease, immunocompromised, obesity) should avoid gatherings social and greater than 10, avoid non-essential travel, and avoid dining/shopping except as essential. Lower risk individuals (no substantial underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings social and greater than 10 and avoid dining/shopping except with precautions. Workplaces open are essential and reopened businesses.

  • Most parks open. Limited capacity.
  • Follow local and state orders.
  • Additional disinfection of high touch surfaces.
  • Limited Office Operations

Restrooms (Some restrooms may be closed due to availability of staff and/or PPE)

  • Disinfected at least once per day

Shelter reservations group size

  • Small Shelter – 10 (normal capacity 30)
  • Large Shelter – 10 (normal capacity 50)
  • X-Large Shelter – 10 (normal capacity 100)
  • Mansfield Dam Enclosed Pavilion – Closed (normal capacity 30)
  • Bob Wentz Enclosed Pavilion – Closed (normal capacity 20)
  • East Metro Enclosed Pavilion – Closed (normal capacity 200)

Skate Park (may be closed or have limited capacity.)

  • No gathering.
  • Staff monitoring physical distancing. Skate Park will close if park visitors do not adhere to park guidelines.
  • Social distancing enforced. Stay at least six feet (two meters) from others. Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others. – Participants and Spectators must follow current state social gathering limits and physical distancing guidelines. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing common objects.
  • Installing signage clearly documenting allowable behaviors on site (staying home when ill, proper hygiene, physical distancing, etc).
  • Ensuring that community members are aware and educated about public health protection measures and risk.
  • Encouraging proper hygiene, hand washing, and hand sanitizing

Athletic Fields

  • No tournaments
  • Field availability will operate at 50% capacity
  • It is the organizer’s responsibility to comply with park rules and the governor’s current checklist with regard to Adult Recreational Sports Operators and Participants, and Youth Sports Operators and Participants, which can be viewed at https://open.texas.gov/.  Lack of compliance will result in forfeiture of field use with no refund.
  • Organizer must submit detailed plan to reservations desk to show how they are enforcing the governor’s checklist and meeting additional TCP expectations.
  • Games/Practices will be scheduled to provide buffer after end of game to allow for teams to leave before next group arrives.
  • Adult Sports – no spectators
  • Youth Sports – Spectators should be kept to a minimum, and must follow current state social gathering limits and physical distancing guidelines.
  • When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing equipment or other common objects.
  • No congregating in parking lot after games
  • Officials will wear face masks.
  • No spitting. No sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc
  • No game high-fives or handshakes.
  • No use of bleachers
  • No concessions
  • Teams clean game equipment every 30 minutes or more.
  • No sharing equipment
  • Organizer is responsible for bringing their own supplies such as hand sanitizer
  • No use of dugouts or other shared/confined areas

Swimming Pool – Open if feasible (Adequate lifeguard staff)

  • Limited capacity.
  • Cleaning and disinfection measures for all parts of facility daily and after each use if equipment is shared (restrooms, pool furniture, front desk, pool noodles, concessions, doorknobs, locker rooms, faucets/sinks, etc.).
  • Monitoring of physical distancing to maintain 6 ft. of distance between people from separate households while not detracting from lifeguarding responsibilities. Ensuring policies are developed on enforcement of physical distancing.
  • Implementing environmental controls — barriers between staff and pool users, removal of furniture, entry lines with 6 ft of distance, shared spaces including offices, limiting equipment sharing, etc.
  • Swimming pool user measures — proper hygiene, face coverings (not while in water), conducting health screenings, using PSA system to remind users to distance, etc.
  • Staff safety measures — establish policies for safe behavioral practices (physical distancing, hand washing, face coverings, health screenings, protocols on first aid and CPR, etc).
  • Communications and community awareness and education plan.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others.

Central Texas BMX COVID-19 Operation Plan

 Jason Crouch Track Operator Central Texas BMX 512.348.8269 [email protected]

Local races only.  No regional events.

  • Wednesday Practice 6pm-9pm
  • Local Racing Friday 6:30pm to 9pm
  • Saturday Practice 10am to 2pm
  • Local Racing Sunday 1:30pm to 5pm
  • No concessions
  • One hour practice time slots with 20 racers maximum

Central Texas BMX is committed to providing a safe, quality and fun asset for the community, and despite COVID-19 we plan to ensure this is still the case in 2020. The following plan provides an outline of the inherently safe structure of BMX as it relates to COVID-19 and the protocols being installed allowing for safe event operation. This plan has been spearheaded by USA BMX utilizing guidance from the CDC, WHO and White House guidelines. We are confident these protocols and plan will allow us to safely provide BMX racing for the community.

World Health Organization Risk Assessment

A risk assessment matrix provided by the World Health Organization suggests BMX racing presents a low level of risk for the transmission and further spread of COVID-19 concerning gatherings. Additionally, BMX racing falls under phase 1 of the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from the White House.

Furthermore, one key consideration for hosting a sporting event in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak is whether the sport could be considered a lower or higher risk. Lower risk sports are those where physical distancing is possible. The goal for a rider is to NOT come into contact with another rider. Given the key considerations above, BMX is a lower risk sport.

The Advantage of BMX

BMX has many natural advantages within the structure of the sport that allow for safe participation and operation.

Non-Contact: BMX is a non-contact sport where riders are naturally separated during both practice and racing.

Protective Equipment: By rule, participants wear gloves, full-face helmets, long pants and long sleeve shirts. The full-face helmet is essentially a face covering for the athlete. This is not shared equipment, and each participant uses their own personal equipment.

Small Groups and Large Outdoor Field of Play: Participants are divided into small groups for participation with a maximum number of participants on the race track at one time is eight, however, the average number of participants on the track at one time is five. Safety is also aided by the large field of play of Central Texas BMX track, which is more than 1 acre in size. Additionally, the BMX track has a well-defined and clear entrance point and a separate exit point.

Large Outdoor Area: In addition to the large field of play, Central Texas BMX is located in a very large park with ample parking and space. The venue provides non-designated, festival-type seating that can easily accommodate physical distancing guidelines. The vast size of the facility allows for very simple and safe social distancing with families - easily distancing themselves from others in pods.

Rider Pits: Riders arrive in their personal transport vehicles, including but not limited to pick-up trucks, vans, motorhomes or campers. Accompanied mostly by family members, they park and pit as a family unit, spread out through-out the facility.

Demographic: 76% of BMX participants are under the age of 18. Furthermore 87% are under the age of 40. These participants are generally very athletic and active. They are not members of the elderly or the COVID-19 high-risk community.

Event Spectator Flow: Unlike many events where all spectators are watching the event at one time, in BMX only a fraction of the spectators are in the designated spectating area at any given time. Similar to a swim meet, spectators (moms and dads) traditionally migrate from their pits to the designated spectating areas shortly before their rider races and they generally leave as the rider leaves the field of play. BMX races are typically 45 seconds long, thus the total time in the spectating area is short and it is a continuous flow as the event moves from age group race to the next age group race.

Block Racing: The ability to implement block racing can drastically reduce the overall attendance. While this approach generally is not necessary due to the large outdoor passive recreation concept of a track it does give the ability to adhere to the strictest of attendance limits. The blocks would consist of novice, intermediate, and expert racers. Each block would be given 30 minutes for registration and practice and 45 minutes for racing.

Central Texas BMX will implement a variety of procedures to promote social distancing and keep common areas sanitized. The facility will have volunteer staff during operation dedicated to ensuring social distancing protocols. The following protocols will be in effect until further direction is given by local jurisdiction.

General Precautionary Measures

Central Texas BMX will be implementing several precautionary measures based on the recommendations of the WHO, CDC, state, county and local authorities.

Limited Spectators: Encouraging only one (1) spectator per participant to attend our racing venue. If multiple family members must attend we will encourage others to remain in their vehicle. Additionally, ample signage will be placed on and around the bleachers to ensure proper separation.

Remote Viewing: To ensure that all can view their riders racing despite the one spectator rule, all races will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Social Distancing Measures: In addition to limiting the spectators congregating around the field of play, the facility will have ample signage promoting social distancing. Bleachers will be clearly labeled and marked to ensure distancing.

Disinfecting Procedures, Hand Washing & Sanitizing: Rigorous cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented to promote a clean and healthy environment. Additionally, we will encourage additional hand washing with our permanent restrooms on-site, which will be serviced and disinfected prior to every event.

Park Staff will disinfect prior to each track reservation.

Event Staff PPE: All event staff will be provided with masks, gloves and wipes by the organizer. Upon reporting to work, all staff will have their forehead temperature taken. Any staff demonstrating an elevated temperature will be sent home. Additional temperature checks will be required if staff start to feel ill.

Attendee Education: Through a multi-modal communication strategy (e.g., signage, flyers, social media, website, PSA announcements, etc), Central Texas BMX will effectively communicate to the attendees good COVID-19 mitigation practices including 1) frequently wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces; 2) Avoid touching their face; 3) Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of their elbow; 4) Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible; 5) Strongly encourage and consider using face coverings.

Sport Specific Precautionary Measures Central Texas BMX has carefully identified areas within the event that need improved structure to maximize social distance. This list is meant to serve as a guideline and will be our best practices. We will make changes if necessary to ensure for the safety and well-being of our riders and spectators.

Contactless Registration: To limit the interaction Central Texas BMX will offer and encourage a cashless, contactless transaction utilizing a cash transfer app such as Signup Genius, Venmo, Paypal, or Square with online web access prior to the race event. This will nearly eliminate interaction for registration.

Customer Service: There will be times when an attendee needs to communicate to staff. This will occur between the glass barriers of our concession windows. Furthermore, as more than one attendee may be in line for customer service, social distancing signage will be affixed to the ground, clearly labeling an excess of 6 feet between attendees.

Moto Sheet: Moto Sheets outline the day's events and inform the participants of their groupings. The posting of these sheets traditionally creates a gathering of participants. To mitigate this Moto Sheets will not be posted, rather published online.

Staging: In BMX, staging first organizes the riders into groups and then advances the riders to the starting gate. Traditionally, riders are organized into 10 staging chutes before moving in waves to the starting gate. To ensure proper distancing, the size of the staging area will be substantially increased and lengthened. Riders will be spread out in a much longer area and instead of utilizing all 10 chutes, only 5 will be utilized to create additional distancing. Parents of younger riders will no longer be allowed in staging to further decrease the number of people in this area.

Attendance Restrictions: Riders and attendees will only be permitted if registering to race, there will be no practice on race-day for those not racing.

Equipment: Loaner helmets and rental bikes will not be available thus eliminating the possibility for any shared equipment.

Finish Line Area: At the conclusion of each race, riders will immediately leave the finish line area to return to their pits. There will be no congregating and riders will be educated that for now good sportsmanship entails simply telling your fellow racers “Good Race”, and immediately returning to your pit area. No high fives, no contact.

Awards: At the conclusion of the racing event, awards will be given before riders exit the track area. We will ask that once the racer has collected their award they exit the facility as expeditiously as possible.

Despite the challenges COVID-19 presents, Central Texas BMX is prepared to offer a safe sanctuary of fun for BMX riders and their families. Through the implementation of these protocols, BMX can be provided today while meeting the needs of both the BMX racing community and those of the City of Central Texas.

Tennis Courts

See playing tennis safely infographic from USTA.

 

Hamilton Pool

  • Limited reservations in the morning and in the afternoon.

Improved Camping

  • No group camping.
  • Some sites may be closed.

Land Management Program

  • Prescribed burns with limited needs.

Individual Expectations

  1. Individuals will not report to a project if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Individuals should take their temperature prior to reporting to a project (100.4 is considered a fever).
  3. Individuals will report with the appropriate face coverings (natural fiber recommended).
  4. Individuals will report with individual hand sanitizing material.
  5. Individuals will maintain social distancing at all times within and between crews.
  6. Individuals will arrive with all water and sports drinks IN THEIR PACK that they will need for the operational period. Rigs will have an emergency supply of liquids only.

Organizational Expectations

  1. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the project. This includes rolling stock (steering wheel, locks, nozzles etc.), radios, and cellphones.
  2. Equipment assignments will be made prior to the project.
  3. Whenever possible individuals will be assigned to the equipment they take to the project (Module of One concept will be maintained throughout operation).
  4. Whenever possible, the initial equipment assignment will be carried throughout the project.
  5. Crews will not be rotated between equipment, unless there is an emergency need.
  6. Additional equipment, specifically trucks, will be needed to support shuttling crews to the projects and to support ignition crews.
  7. Staging locations will need to be large enough to accommodate greater distancing. A truck length should be maintained between all vehicles.
  8. Briefings will occur only in fully ventilated areas.
  9. Vehicle operators will be required to exit vehicles for any field briefings (to maintain social distancing due to engine noise).
  10. Briefings may be limited to one contact per resource/crew. It will be the POC’s responsibility to brief their resource.
  11. Hand tools, drip torches and other equipment will not be shared.
  12. Shared equipment such as portable pumps and drip torch cans will require sanitization during the operation.
  13. Gates and combination locks will require sanitization during the operation.
  14. Additional drinking water supplies will need to be ordered. Shared water resources will be avoided.
  15. A designated EMT with the appropriate COVID-19 protective gear is recommended.
  16. Standards will be evaluated in AAR and any proposed changes communicated to CTXRX Council.

MISSION: To foster cooperation among all parties with an interest or stake in prescribed fire for the purpose of promoting, conserving, and expanding the responsible use of fire as a land management tool. https://www.centexrxfire.org/

Other

  1. Non-essential fireline staff will not be allowed on the line-media etc.

Park Amenities Stage 3 Status

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 3
Athletic Fields (Adult) Restricted use. No tournaments
Athletic Fields (Youth) Restricted use. No tournaments
Basketball Courts  
Shelters Limited
Enclosed Pavilions  
Drinking Fountains Open
Exercise Stations Open
EM Pool Open if feasible
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits Open
Playgrounds Open
Restrooms Limited 
Skate Park Limited capacity
Splash Pad  
Tennis Courts Open
Trails Open
Sand Volleyball Courts Open
Boat Ramps Open
Improved Camping Open
Primitive Camping  
Fishing Ponds Open
Fishing Piers Open
Rock Climbing Open
Mountain Biking Open
Disc Golf Open
BMX Track Limited Capacity
Special Events Limited
Prescribed Burns Additional Guidelines

Stage 4 COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines. Practice good hygiene. Stay home if sick. Avoid sick people. Maintain social distancing. Wear facial coverings. Higher risk individuals (age over 65, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, lung, and kidney disease, immunocompromised, obesity) should avoid gatherings social and greater than 2, avoid non-essential travel, and avoid dining/shopping except as essential. Lower risk individuals (no substantial underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings social and greater than 10, avoid non-essential travel, and avoid dining/shopping except expanded essential businesses. Workplaces open are expanded essential businesses.

  • Some parks closed and have limited capacity.
  • Reduced Park Hours
  • Only passive recreation allowed – i.e. Trail Use and Boat Ramps.
  • Restrooms limited.
  • Follow local and state orders.
  • Limited Office Operations. Contact through phone and email.

Land Management Program

  • Prescribed burns with limited needs.

Individual Expectations

  1. Individuals will not report to a project if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Individuals should take their temperature prior to reporting to a project (100.4 is considered a fever).
  3. Individuals will report with the appropriate face coverings (natural fiber recommended).
  4. Individuals will report with individual hand sanitizing material.
  5. Individuals will maintain social distancing at all times within and between crews.
  6. Individuals will arrive with all water and sports drinks IN THEIR PACK that they will need for the operational period. Rigs will have an emergency supply of liquids only.

Organizational Expectations

  1. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the project. This includes rolling stock (steering wheel, locks, nozzles etc.), radios, and cellphones.
  2. Equipment assignments will be made prior to the project.
  3. Whenever possible individuals will be assigned to the equipment they take to the project (Module of One concept will be maintained throughout operation).
  4. Whenever possible, the initial equipment assignment will be carried throughout the project.
  5. Crews will not be rotated between equipment, unless there is an emergency need.
  6. Additional equipment, specifically trucks, will be needed to support shuttling crews to the projects and to support ignition crews.
  7. Staging locations will need to be large enough to accommodate greater distancing. A truck length should be maintained between all vehicles.
  8. Briefings will occur only in fully ventilated areas.
  9. Vehicle operators will be required to exit vehicles for any field briefings (to maintain social distancing due to engine noise).
  10. Briefings may be limited to one contact per resource/crew. It will be the POC’s responsibility to brief their resource.
  11. Hand tools, drip torches and other equipment will not be shared.
  12. Shared equipment such as portable pumps and drip torch cans will require sanitization during the operation.
  13. Gates and combination locks will require sanitization during the operation.
  14. Additional drinking water supplies will need to be ordered. Shared water resources will be avoided.
  15. A designated EMT with the appropriate COVID-19 protective gear is recommended.
  16. Standards will be evaluated in AAR and any proposed changes communicated to CTXRX Council.

MISSION: To foster cooperation among all parties with an interest or stake in prescribed fire for the purpose of promoting, conserving, and expanding the responsible use of fire as a land management tool. https://www.centexrxfire.org/

Other

  1. Non-essential fireline staff will not be allowed on the line-media etc.

Park Amenities Stage 4 Status

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 4
Athletic Fields (Adult)  
Athletic Fields (Youth)  
Basketball Courts  
Shelters  
Enclosed Pavilions  
Drinking Fountains  
Exercise Stations  
Swimming Pool  
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits  
Playgrounds  
Restrooms Limited
Skate Park  
Splash Pad  
Tennis Courts  
Trails Open
Sand Volleyball Courts  
Boat Ramps Open (some may remain closed)
Improved Camping  
Primitive Camping  
Fishing Ponds Open
Fishing Piers  
Rock Climbing  
Mountain Biking Open
Disc Golf Open 
BMX Track  
Special Events Limited
Prescribed Burns Additional Guidelines

Stage 5 COVID-19 Risk Based Guidelines. Practice good hygiene. Stay home if sick. Avoid sick people. Maintain social distancing. Wear facial coverings. Higher risk individuals (age over 65, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, lung, and kidney disease, immunocompromised, obesity) should avoid gatherings outside of household, avoid non-essential travel, and avoid dining/shopping except as essential. Lower risk individuals (no substantial underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings outside of household, avoid non-essential travel, and avoid dining/shopping except as essential. Workplaces open are essential businesses only.

  • Most parks closed and have limited capacity.
  • Reduced park hours.
  • Main Parks Desk Closed. Contact through phone and email only.
  • Only passive recreation allowed – Trail Use Only.
  • Restrooms limited.
  • Follow local and state orders.
  • Social distancing and masks required.
  • Additional disinfection of high touch surfaces.

Park Amenities Stage 5 Status

PARK AMENITY/SERVICE Stage 5
Athletic Fields (Adult)  
Athletic Fields (Youth)  
Basketball Courts  
Shelters  
Enclosed Pavilions  
Drinking Fountains  
Exercise Stations  
EM Pool  
Picnic tables/BBQ Pits  
Playgrounds  
Restrooms  
Skate Park  
Splash Pad  
Tennis Courts  
Trails Open
Sand Volleyball Courts  
Boat Ramps  
Improved Camping  
Primitive Camping  
Hamilton Pool  
Fishing Ponds  Suspend stocking of fish
Fishing Piers  
Rock Climbing  
Mountain Biking  
Disc Golf  
BMX Track  
Special Events  
Prescribed Burns