COVID-19 Updates for Bend Park & Recreation District
Updated Sept. 1:
Parks and trails are open. All BPRD facilities are open.
See BPRD Contact page for hours and details.
The district has and will continue to follow Oregon Health Authority guidance in all recreation programs and facilities. Currently this means that masks are required in all indoor facilities and programs. Masks are also required outdoors when 6-feet of distancing cannot be consistently maintained. There are several exceptions to the state-wide mask requirement including when practicing or playing competitive sports and when actively swimming or participating in other water sports. Masks are also not required outdoors in childcare programs, especially where efforts are made to encourage distancing.
Regardless of the exceptions, we encourage all participants and volunteers to wear a mask, even when not required. Doing so is a proactive step that can be voluntarily taken in order to stand a better chance of not becoming infected with this highly contagious virus. With the current surge, health professionals are encouraging this step, and it may help prevent you and others from having to miss parts of the activity that you enjoy.
It is important that you and your child arrive at activities with a mask on and always have a mask with you in case it is required. We will be asking people to wear masks when not actively engaged in an exempt activity. For example, sports participants will be asked to wear a mask before and after practice and during breaks when they are not activity participating or distanced.
In the event that there is a positive COVID case in a program, we will determine close contacts in partnership with Deschutes County Health Services, and send letters to those affected with recommendations on quarantine and absence from programs or facilities.
Most important, please do not attend or bring your child if you or they have been directly exposed to COVID or are not feeling well.
See FAQs below for more details.