Personal recreation

Last updated June 9, 2021.

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  • The worksite must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.

Approved high school sports can operate under the auspices of the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) guidance. All other high school sports should operate according to the organized sports guidance.

On this page: Organized recreational sports | Indoor gyms | Indoor fitness classes | Recreation centers | Bowling alleys | Indoor pools | Indoor sports facilities | Outdoor pools


This guidance also applies to school-based sports and outdoor volunteer stewardship.


  • Unvaccinated participants should continue to physically distance, staying at least 6 feet from members of other households.

  • Encourage participants to stay home if sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Consider screening participants for fever, symptoms, or exposures before or at their arrival.

  • Encourage participants who have been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (generally within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes, depending on the level of exposure) to stay home and self-quarantine, unless they have been fully vaccinated.

  • People who have not been fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in public indoor spaces. 

  • Bring hand sanitizer to clean hands when soap and water is not available.


Gyms, fitness classes, recreation centers, bowling alleys, pools, sports facilities (indoor and outdoor)

  • Some counties may have stricter capacity limits at the local level. Consult your local public health agency for more information about local regulations.

  • Teams participating in organized recreation against one another, and as a result, experiencing greater contact, should still observe any local capacity limits, excluding coaches.

  • Use a reservation system or use pre-existing electronic capacity monitoring systems if feasible to space out and limit participants gathered at one time.

  • Ensure all equipment is cleaned in between each use.

  • Routinely clean communal gathering spaces, such as communal locker/changing rooms

  • Maximize ventilation by using fans and opening windows wherever possible.

  • Provide access to hand sanitizer.

  • Conduct symptom and temperature checks for employees and refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Support tool (Additional Guidance).

  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work.

  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services.

  • Post signs for employees and customers outlining good hand/respiratory hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)

  • CDCs Guidance for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19


Outdoor swimming pools

This includes any pool open to the public, including but not limited to municipal pools, homeowner association pools, pools at fitness centers, hot tubs, and developed hot springs. Find the CDC's full guidance on COVID-19 pool safety

This guidance applies to school-based sports and outdoor volunteer stewardship.

  • Pools are encouraged to establish a reservation system to space out visitor attendance, aid in contract tracing if exposures occur, and to allow for equitable use of the facility.

  • Communal gathering spaces, such as communal locker/changing rooms, should be routinely cleaned.

  • All frequently touched surfaces and shared objects, such as handrails, chairs, and tables, should be cleaned regularly.

  • Surfaces in restrooms should be routinely cleaned.

  • Provide physical cues or guides (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs to encourage staff, patrons, and swimmers to stay at least 6 feet apart from members of other households, both in and out of the water.