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Parks COVID-19 Information

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Volunteer Program Update Athletics Program Update Parks Status Social Distancing Best Practices

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Volunteer Program Update

As of September 17, 2021, all Raleigh Parks volunteers that will be working indoors will be required to be fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols
All volunteers will be required to wear masks/face shields and socially distance. Those who volunteer at staffed events will be required to participate in an infrared temperature check prior to the event. Staff will continue to disinfect tools/supplies before and after staffed volunteer projects.

Athletics Program Update

Effective Friday, September 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Raleigh Parks will make the following modifications to athletics programs.

  • Face coverings are required for participants enrolled in fall outdoor athletics programs unless they are directly participating on the field of play during games or practices. Players not on the field are required to wear a face covering.
  • Face coverings are required on the sidelines, dugouts, and wherever coaches and participants congregate.  
  • Officials and coaches are required to wear a face covering.
  • Face coverings and social distancing are strongly recommended but not required for spectators.
  • Face coverings and social distancing are strongly recommended but not required for third-party use of athletic fields.
  • At this time, we are not limiting the number of spectators.

Parks Status

Classes and programs may be held if they are able to be modified to meet state and local guidelines. All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. 

See the status of park facilities, amenities, and programs here.

Social Distancing Best Practices

Parks and open space provide necessary respite, especially during challenging times. We invite you to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy nature. To continue to enjoy Raleigh parks and greenways safely, we recommend you do the following:

  • Always keep at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • Visit the park or trails early in the morning or later in the day.
  • Walk, jog, hike, and bike in a single file on the trail.
  • When crossing a bridge on the trail, allow one group or trail user to pass at a time to maintain 6 feet distance. 
  • Avoid gathering in groups at trailheads or other areas.
  • Warn other greenway users when passing by calling out or using your bike bell.
  • When someone approaches you on the greenway, step to the side and let them pass.
  • To improve social distancing, consider visiting less busy trails or parks. See our Park Locator to find the park closest to you.
  • Always follow the CDC's personal hygiene guidance.
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms, do not visit the park or trails. However, people with COVID-19 may not exhibit symptoms, so it is important to practice all of the above guidelines even if feeling well.

Thank you for being smart and safe, Raleigh!

Visit the City's main COVID-19 Information page.

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