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CARD is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation with the top priority being the safety of our participants and staff. Using information received from both the California Public Health Department and Butte County Public Health, we continue to evaluate the status of our programs and services. Should program changes be necessary, we will post updates on both our Facebook page and our website.  Thank you for your understanding during the constantly changing environment.

Do you have a CARD Youth Sports participant that tested positive for COVID? Click here to fill out a short survey for tracking exposure.

Update: 3/11/22

As you may be aware, Governor Newsom announced updates to the masking mandate. Beginning March 12, 2022, California & CARD will move from a mask requirement to mask recommendation for all programming, including youth/adult sports, preschool programs, and afterschool programs. This means starting 3/12, indoor masking will be optional for all persons, staff, participants, and players, regardless of vaccination status.  

Respecting Personal Choice

  • The State is providing personal choice for masking in programs with the expectation that individual choices are respected.  Please do not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status based upon their choice to wear or not wear a mask.
  • Families should discuss the change in masking requirements with their children, including respect for personal choice.

Personal Responsibility

  • All persons should continue to remain home when sick.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms and/or if they have a known exposure to COVID-19, is encouraged to take a COVID-19 test.

Update: 1/14/22

I want to thank you for your continued flexibility as we continue to navigate these times. We anticipated starting the testing program the week of January 17 however there have been significant delays in obtaining the necessary testing supplies.

 COVID requirements: CARD will continue to require all indoor sports participants and spectators to properly wear a mask while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes masks being required by participants even when they are engaged in active play.

CARD hopes to be able to offer testing in the future and we will send information as it becomes available.

The safety and well-being of our community are essential to me.  CARD will continue to monitor conditions and make safety adjustments, as necessary.  With the recent resurgence of COVID variants, it will take all of us to keep our community healthy.  I appreciate you doing your part to keep each other safe.

 Please reach out to info@chicorec.com if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation.  As always, we will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID at CARD and will always do our best to keep you updated.

With gratitude,

Annabel Grimm | General Manager

If you are no longer interested in participating in our program, please email info@chicorec.com.

Update: 1/4/22

In an effort to maintain transparent communication and to ensure you are prepared for upcoming changes to your registered basketball program at CARD.  Please review the below information in regards to upcoming COVID testing requirements, tentatively scheduled to start for all basketball leagues the week of January 17 (our previously anticipated date of 1/10 is not feasible due to shipping delays). 

Current COVID requirements tentatively thru January 17 will continue to require all indoor sports participants and spectators to properly wear a mask while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes masks being required by participants even when they are engaged in active play

Future COVID requirements for ALL indoor sports participants, tentatively starting the week of January 17:

  • CARD will be providing onsite testing at CARD sports programs for participants at no cost.  
  • CARD indoor sports participants must be tested weekly at a CARD testing site. Non CARD testing site results may not be used.  CARD testing sites will be using a direct anterior nasal swab for its testing method.
  • If a test is missed, participants will not be allowed to play or practice until they receive a negative test result at a CARD testing site
  • Testing plans are still being developed. Weekly testing is anticipated to begin on January 17. Information on participant registration for weekly testing, location/days/times will be sent to you no later than by Friday, January 14.  

Again, we are doing our best to find a way to make this transition as smooth as possible.  

Please reach out to info@chicorec.com if you have any questions, or are no longer interested in participating in our CARD Basketball Program.  We appreciate your cooperation.  As always, we will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 at CARD and will always do our best to keep you updated.

 

Basketball Masking and Testing FAQ (updated 1/4/2022)

What if participant does not want to test weekly? Participants that do not want to test weekly can drop and request a credit. We will provide a credit, as long as it is prior to your league starting! Please email info@chicorec.com to request a credit.

What if participant is vaccinated, will they still need to test? Participants are required to test regardless of vaccination status. Right now, there is no vaccination waiver to testing because there are so many new strains.

Where do participants have to test? CARD will be providing onsite test to participants at no cost. Participants must be tested weekly at a CARD testing site. Non-CARD testing site results cannot be used.

What type of testing will you be doing? CARD testing sites will be using a direct anterior nasal swab for its testing method.

When will weekly testing start? Weekly testing is anticipated to begin the week of January 17th. Testing plans are being developed; we will share more details in the coming days.

What happens if a participant misses their weekly test?  If a test is missed, participants will not be allowed to play or practice until they receive a negative test result at a CARD testing site.

How do I sign up for testing? Information on participant registration for weekly testing will be sent to you in the coming days. 

Who are you working with on this guidance? We are working closely with Butte County Public Health and California Public Health Department to comply with their established guidance.

What if participants would still like to mask while playing basketball? We will allow participants to still wear a mask if they choose to. Please note that masking does not exempt participants from the testing requirement, all participants will still need to test weekly.

When will we get an update on what our next steps are? We are committed to sending regular updates as we receive information to maintain transparent communication and ensure you are prepared. Our goal is to keep you as informed as possible, so please reach out with any questions that we may not have answered.

Update: 12/16/21

Continuing transparent communication and to ensure you are prepared for upcoming changes to your registered basketball program at CARD, this is a follow-up to our December 2nd email.  

Current COVID requirements for ALL indoor sport participants:

  • Regardless of vaccination status participants are required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are required even when engaged in active play.

Future COVID requirements for ALL participants:

  • CARD will be providing onsite testing at programs for participants at no cost.  
  • Testing plans are being developed. Weekly testing is anticipated to begin January 10th. Information on participant registration for weekly testing will be sent to you in the coming days.  CARD testing locations, days, and times will also be provided.   
  • What we know:Participants must be tested weekly at a CARD testing site. Non-CARD testing site results may not be used.  CARD testing sites will be using a direct anterior nasal swab for its testing method.If a test is missed, participants will not be allowed to play or practice until they receive a negative test result the following week at a CARD testing site. 

Again, we are doing our best to find a way to make this transition as smooth as possible.  

Please reach out to info@chicorec.com if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation.  As always, we will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 at CARD and will always do our best to keep you updated.

Update: 12/2/2021

Current: COVID requirements for ALL indoor sport participants:

  • Regardless of vaccination status participants are required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are required even when engaged in active play.

Future: COVID requirements for ALL indoor sport participants:

  • CARD is actively working to become an authorized testing site in order to provide onsite testing at programs for participants at no cost.  
  • Testing plans are being developed. Weekly testing is anticipated to begin in January.

What we know: Participants must be tested weekly and show test results to CARD personnel. If a test is missed, participants will not be allowed to play or practice until they receive a negative test result the following week.

We are doing our best to find a way to make this transition as smooth as possible. Please reach out to info@chicorec.com if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation.  We will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 at CARD and will always do our best to keep you updated.

Update: 11/19/2021

Changes to Basketball Masking and Testing

Butte County Public Health (BCPH) has determined that wearing a mask while playing indoor basketball could pose a choking hazard, as well as other potential injuries. As such, BCPH has revised masking and testing requirements for indoor basketball. Starting December 13, participants in active play on the court will no longer be required to wear a mask due to the new testing protocol.

COVID Testing Requirements:

Starting December 13, all youth and adult basketball participants must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing using an FDA authorized PCR or antigen test. We are actively working on the weekly testing plan, more details to follow shortly.

Participants must be tested weekly and show test results to CARD personnel each week.

If a test is missed, participants will not be allowed to play or practice until they receive a negative test result the following week.

Participants not on the court in active play are still required to wear a mask indoors at all times.  

Please reach out to us at info@chicorec.com if you have any questions. We appreciate your understanding and compliance during this time. We will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 at CARD and will always do our best to keep you updated.

Update: 9/16/2021

CARD Programs - COVID Update for ALL participants and spectators:

We have made a change to programming that we wanted to share with the community. With the September 1st update for extracurricular activities from California Department of Public Health, please note the new requirements for participating in CARD Sports, Classes and Programs.

Current COVID requirements for ALL participants and spectators at CARD:

  • Indoor Sports, Classes, & Programs: Regardless of vaccination status participants and spectators are required to wear a mask indoors. Masks are required even when engaged in active play.
  • Outdoor Sports, Classes & Programs: No masks required, maintain 6’ distance when possible.

Again, please remember our programs will continue with masks in place and refunds will not be granted mid-program due to updated mask mandates. Should closure of a program be necessary due to public health mandate, we will process refunds for the days of closure during that mandate. Thank you for your understanding and compliance during this time. We will continue to navigate the impacts of COVID 19 at CARD and will always do our best to keep you informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to info@chicorec.com.

UPDATE: 8/27/2021

CARD Fall Programs - COVID Update for participants and spectators:

We are so excited to have our fall programs happening. We wanted to make sure you're aware of our current COVID expectations for participants and spectators. Please see the information below regarding our current mask plan.

  • All Classes and Programs: Participants are required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status or age and staff shall wear masks indoors.
  • Indoor Sports: Regardless of vaccination status, all participants must wear a mask when not engaged in active, high exertion play and spectators are required to wear a mask. Staff shall wear masks indoors.
  • Outdoor Sports, Classes & Programs: No mask required, maintain distance when possible.

As this happens, our programs will continue with masks in place and refunds will not be granted mid-program due to updated mask mandates. Should closure of a program be necessary due to public health mandate, we will process refunds for the days of closure during that mandate.  We thank you for your patience during this time. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to adjust as needed to provide a safe environment for our participants and our staff. Thank you for navigating this with us. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to info@chicorec.com.

UPDATE 8/4/21

As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of COVID 19, CARD is continuing to adjust as guidelines and mandates are released from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Butte County Public Health (BCPH). We take those guidelines very seriously and use them to develop our requirements based on the information received. 

At CARD, a fun and healthy environment is our first and foremost priority. We're striving to keep our programs up and running, despite an extreme lack of staff. Staff members falling ill can directly affect our ability to keep the programs you know and love up and running. Our staff will be wearing face coverings while indoors, we are asking for your support and are recommending all participants and visitors regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering when in CARD facilities, as a spectator or a participant. This will help keep our staff, and our beloved community, healthy and keep the PLAY happening!

Effective August 5, 2021:

  • Youth Classes, Camps and Programs: Children and staff are required to wear masks indoors
  • Indoor Youth Sports: We will ask participants to wear a mask when not engaged in active play and will ask spectators to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Outdoor Youth Sports and Programs: No mask required, maintain distance when possible.
  • Adult Classes and Programs: Staff are required to wear a mask indoors and we will ask participants to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Indoor Adult Sports: We will ask participants to wear a mask when not engaged in active play and will ask spectators to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Outdoor Adult Sports and Programs: No mask required, maintain distance when possible.

As this happens, our programs will continue with masks in place and refunds will not be granted mid-program due to updated mask mandates.

Should closure of a program be necessary due to public health mandate, we will process refunds for the days of closure during that mandate.  

We thank you for your patience during this time. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to make adjustments as needed to provide a safe environment for our participants and our staff.

UPDATE 6/2/20

As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID 19 we at CARD are anxious to get back to playing. We are closely following the Butte County Re-Opening Plan and will re-open facilities, amenities and programs as we receive the guidance to do so. Specifically, we have received questions regarding our playgrounds. At this time, playgrounds are listed in Phase 3 of the State of California Re-Opening plan. While California is entering Phase 3, playgrounds specifically have not be re-opened. Once authorization is given, we will work to quickly remove the fencing and prepare the playgrounds for play. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. 

 

UPDATE 4/30/20

Summer Aquatics/Youth & Adult Sports Programs/Summer Camps: Programs are tentatively scheduled to begin on 6/8/20, but are subject to change based on State and local mandates. Activities, camps, and leagues may be modified and not all activities/sports may be offered. If we are able to begin summer programming on June 8, registration will open on 5/22.

 

UPDATE 4/1/20

As we start the month of April, there are more changes to operations that we wanted to share with the community.

CARD Office closed to the public through April 30: We are still answering emails and phones, but our offices and facilities will remain closed to the public.

Class and program cancellations: Based on recommendations from the federal government to adhere to social distancing guidelines, we will be cancelling all classes and programs through May 31st. We will continue to provide updates regarding May programming as we receive information. If you were registered for a program, your account will be credited automatically. If you would like a refund, please just email us at info@chicorec.com or call us at 530-895-4711 and let us know you would like a refund.

Park Amenities Closures: If you have visited a CARD park lately, you may have noticed that the playgrounds and bathrooms have been closed. In addition, we have closed group picnic shelters, the Skate Park, the DeGarmo Dog Park, Community Park Tennis/Pickleball courts and basketball courts.

Handwashing stations at parks with closed bathrooms: While the restrooms are closed, we do want people to still be able to wash their hands. We have placed handwashing stations at those parks that have closed bathrooms.

Social Distancing PLEASE: Lastly, we are asking for you to use our parks responsibly. While it is tempting to gather with friends at the park and play a game of spike ball, football or volleyball, this is not social distancing. We can all do our part to protect the residents of Chico. Please enjoy the parks to take a walk, walk your dog or just to get a little fresh air, but do so with great distance from others that might be doing the same.

We miss our customers! Our business is to bring people together, the CARD staff can hardly wait to get back to business as usual. We are working on a few creative ideas until we are able to throw open our doors. Stay tuned for more information!

 

UPDATE 3/31/20

After School Programs: Cancelled through the school year due to school closures.

Lifeguard Training, Session II: Shallow Water Lifeguard Training (6070) has been cancelled. Registered participants will have CARD accounts credited and will be added to a waitlist for a potential make-up session in May. Participants will be contacted once a make-up session is scheduled. Email info@chicorec.com if you would like to request a refund.

 

UPDATE 3/23/20

In order to support the current shelter in place order, all CARD playgrounds and park restrooms will be closed to the public.  While the playgrounds will be off limits, we have lots of wide-open spaces where you can get out, get some fresh air and practice social distancing. Please remember the guidelines and let’s work together to flatten the curve.

Adult & Youth Classes: Canceled through Friday, April 17.

Adult & Youth Sports: Spring season sports (3/23-5/22) have been cancelled. CARD accounts will be credited. Email info@chicorec.com if you would like to request a refund.

Aquatics: Swimming Across the Spectrum (April) has been cancelled. 

CARD After School Programs: Cancelled through Friday, April 17

  • Due to school closures, After School Programs are closed through April 17th.  Refund information has been emailed to families.

Lifeguard Training: Shallow Water Lifeguard Training (6069) has been cancelled. Registered participants will have CARD accounts credited and will be added to a waitlist for the 2nd session. Email info@chicorec.com if you would like to request a refund.

Picnic Reservations: All picnic reservations through April are being cancelled. At this point, all picnic sites have been closed to the public.

Park Update: Currently the parks are open, however playgrounds, bathrooms, picnic sites, the skate park and dog park are closed to the public.

Senior Programs: Cancelled through Friday, April 17

Toddler ProgramsCancelled through Sunday, April 19

  • Our Time Together, Tiny Tots & Little Wonders: Programs that are scheduled are cancelled through Sunday, April 19. Participants will recieve a credit on their account for all of April by Friday, April 3. Should we start back up after April 19, we will create a pro-rated amount for people to register for.
  • Nature School: Program canceled until Sunday, April 26.  Credits to Chico Area Recration and Park district account will be issued by Friday March 27. Email info@chicorec.com if you would like to request a refund.

 

    UPDATE 3/20/20

    All classes and programming: Cancelled through Friday, April 17

    Special Events Cancelled:

    • Kite Day (3/22)
    • Emotional Tune Up (3/26)
    • Spring Jamboree (4/11)
    • Spring Carnival (4/25)
    • Family Night Out at the DFJ (4/30)

     

     UPDATE 3/16/20

    After 5:00 PM Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20: the CARD Main Office, Lakeside Pavilion, and Nature Center Living Animal Museum will be closed to the public for in person transactions such as registrations and reservations. We will be open to assist customers over the phone or via our online system from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. You may contact the office at 530-895-4711 or email us at info@chicorec.com. We will post an update for future hours by the end of the week.

    Is CARD cancelling classes and programs?

    The Chico Area Recreation and Parks District takes the safety and health of our community as a top priority and is taking actions to limit the spread of this virus. Therefore, we have made the tough decision to cancel or postpone the following programs.

    Events

    • VITA Tax Services: Cancelled at both the DFJ and CARD Community Center through April 3.
    • Kite Day - March 22:  The park will remain open, however there will be no formal event on that day.
    • Emotional Tune Up - March 26: This event has been cancelled and may be rescheduled to a later date.
    • Chico Community Concert Band - March 29: The March 29th spring concert has been cancelled.  They are tentatively rescheduled for June 14th.
    • Spring Jamboree - April 11: We have not made a final decision regarding Spring Jamboree, we will continue to monitor the situation and will determine the status of this event in the future.
    • DFJ Family Night Out - April 30: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in 2021.

    Youth and Adult Classes: Cancelled until through Friday, April 3

    • At this time all classes that are scheduled to take place through CARD are cancelled through April 3.

    Toddler Programs: Cancelled until through Sunday, April 19

    • Nature School, Our Time Together, Tiny Tots & Little Wonders: Programs that are scheduled are cancelled through Sunday, April 19.. Participants will recieve a credit on their account for missed classes in April. We are hoping to continue with class in May.

    Senior Programs: Cancelled until through Friday, April 3

    • Senior programming scheduled at Lakeside Pavilion will be cancelled through April 3. Passages will communicate with their meal participants directly regarding ongoing meal options.

    Nature Center Programs: Cancelled until through Friday, April 3

    • Except for the current Spring Break camp, all other programming currently being held at the Nature Center will be cancelled through April 3.

     

       

      Can I Get A Refund?

      If we CAN reschedule your classes or programs, we will not issue a refund. If we are NOT able to reschedule your class or program, we will automatically credit your account. This may take some time to determine since additional cancellations may be necessary. Should you desire a refund, please contact our main office at (530) 895-4711 and they will be able to assist you.

       

      Are the Parks Still Open?

      All parks will remain open until we are directed otherwise by the local health department. We encourage you to continue visiting our parks, as regular exercise is essential to physical and mental well-being. We have instituted cleaning and disinfecting measures for frequently touched surfaces at all our restroom and rental facilities, beyond our regular cleaning measures. 

      We appreciate your patience and understanding, as we continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and encourage you to stay up to date with COVID-19 facts through the CDC, the California Department of Public Health and Butte County Public Health.

       

       

      UPDATE 3/13/20

      • As of 5pm this evening, all Spring Break Camps are running as usual. Registered families will be receiving an email with important paperwork that must be signed on the first day of camp.

       

      How Can People Protect Themselves

      The best way to prevent the spread of illness, including; seasonal flu, novel coronavirus and other respiratory illness is to practice everyday illness prevention steps:

      ·         Washing hands with soap and water.

      ·         Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

      ·         Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

      ·         Staying home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.

      ·         Following guidance from public health officials. 

       

      Government Agency Links & Resources

      ·         California Department of Public Health

      ·         Center for Disease Control and Prevention

      ·         Butte County Public Health Department

       

      View Center for Disease Control (CDC) Resources

      ·         CDC - Hand Sanitizer

      ·         CDC - Wash Your Hands

      ·         CDC - Wash Your Hands (Spanish)

      ·         CDC Information - Cover Your Cough