Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Masks Required At City Facilities Beginning Fri., July 10 (Updated July 13, 2020 to reflect the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's Facial Covering Order)

PUBLIC NOTICE: Effective open of business Monday, July 13, masks/facial coverings will be required for visitors (ages 9 & over) to enter City facilities due to a rapid rise in COVID-19 positive cases. Spectators, renters & customers doing business at administrative offices will be required to wear a mask at all indoor facilities: A. C. Brase Arena, 4-H Exhibit Hall, Jaycee Golf Course Pro Shop, Osage Centre, Shawnee Park Center & SportsPlex. Masks will be required to enter manned, outdoor facilities including parks and aquatic facilities (Cape Splash & Central Municipal Pool), but not required for customers engaged in physical activity or who are able to social distance.

See below for specific details for each facility. We ask that all visitors to our facilities be kind to customer service staff who work to make our facilities a safe environment for all.

A.C. Brase Arena – Masks are required when conducting business at the Parks & Recreation Main Office, or when renting the facility for private functions. This also applies to the 4-H Exhibit Hall.

Cape Splash & Central Municipal Pool – Masks are required to enter the facility, but not required nor allowed in the water. Masks are required in concession lines or in the restroom unless you are able to social distance from other family units. Staff who are able to social distance such as lifeguards, will not need to wear a mask.

Jaycee Municipal Golf Course – Masks are required when conducting business in the Pro Shop. Masks are not required while out on the course if you are in a cart that has the plastic divider, and if you can social distance while out on the course.

Osage Centre, Shawnee Park Center & SportsPlex – Masks are required when conducting business at the front desk or office, while being a spectator, and when renting a facility for private functions. Masks are not required while playing sports or exercising in a fitness room or group fitness class. Please practice social distancing in fitness rooms and group fitness classes. Masks will not be required in any designated eating areas, but will be required while in concession lines & when ordering.

Shawnee & Arena Park Sports Complex (outdoor ballfields) – Masks will be required to enter the facility and if you are not able to social distance such as in the restroom or in line at the concession stand. Players/Coaches/Officials while engaged in the physical activity will not be required to wear a mask.

New Lorimier Cemetery Office. – Masks are required to conduct business. Masks are not required outside if you are able to social distance.

Parks and Recreation Programming – Staff will be required to wear a mask with the exception of those conducting physical activities and who are able to social distance.

We appreciate your compliance with these protocols and we know how challenging these times are so let’s pitch in to help keep everyone as safe as possible so we can still enjoy our parks and programs!

For more information on these protocols, please contact any facility listed above, or call our Parks & Recreation Main Office at 573.339.6340.  



Event Changes (July 6, 2020)
Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the county, the Parks & Recreation Department is modifying it's upcoming event schedule. Any upcoming events that are not listed below are on as scheduled at this time.

Parks & Rec Day - Originally scheduled for July 8, this event has been postponed indefinitely.
Spring Garage Sale - Originally scheduled for July 18, the Spring sale has been canceled. Booths purchased for this sale will be transferred to the Summer Garage Sale (scheduled for August 8, 2020). Vendors will be contacted by the Osage Centre. The booth lottery drawing for remaining booths for the Summer Garage Sale is scheduled for this Thursday, July 9, at the Osage Centre at 6:00 p.m. Contact the Osage Centre at 573.339.6342 with any questions.
July Community Dance & Social - Originally scheduled for July 9, this event has been postponed indefinitely.


Aquatic Facilities Reopening July 8 (July 5, 2020)
Cape Splash & Central Municipal Pool will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8. River Walking, Swimnastics, swim lessons & Preschool Playtime will continue tomorrow, Monday, July 6, as scheduled at both facilities. Cape Splash will continue to operate at 50% capacity (plus season pass holders) with the two session format (11AM-2PM & 3PM-6PM) to allow for additional cleaning between sessions. Please note that all staff that was in contact with the COVID-19 positive part-time employee has been removed from the schedule for the appropriate 14 day quarantine period. For more information on Cape Splash, click here. For any questions pertaining to potential community exposure of COVID-19, contact the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center at 573-335-7846.

Potential Community Exposure at Cape Splash
From the Cape County Public Health Center (July 3, 2020)

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department are notifying the public of potential community exposure from a COVID-19 positive case.
While performing contact tracing on a positive case reported to the Girardeau County Public Health Center, we have determined that individuals that attended activities at the Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center in Cape Girardeau on the following dates at the specified times may have been exposed.

- June 25th - July 2nd

We strongly encourage anyone who was at the Cape Splash during this time period to closely monitor themselves for signs and symptoms due to the potential exposure. We also strongly encourage the use of facemasks or coverings by all those potentially exposed when outside of their home in public and while at work.

If you develop any symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 please self-isolate immediately and contact your primary care physician to determine the need for testing.
We are working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, and feel confident that they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their patrons.
This is yet another reminder for all of us to interact with our environment carefully. When we go out in public, we need to practice physical distancing and wear a mask. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they need to stay home.
For further information individuals may contact the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center at 573-335-7846.


SportsPlex Reopening July 6 (July 5, 2020)

The SportsPlex will be reopening beginning Monday, July 6, after a potential community exposure to COVID-19. The facility was thoroughly cleaned & sanitized while closed. Upon reopening, all customer service staff will be wearing masks, and we strongly recommend all spectators and non athletes wear masks, too. Please note that all staff that was in contact with the COVID-19 positive part-time employee has been removed from the schedule for the appropriate 14 day quarantine period. League directors will be in contact with participants about any schedule changes. Please direct any questions about potential community exposure of COVID-19 to the Cape Girardeau County Health Center at 573-335-7846.

Potential Community Exposure at the SportsPlex & Shawnee Park Sports Complex
From the Cape County Public Health Center (June 27, 2020)

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department and the City of Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department are notifying the public of a potential community exposure from a COVID-19 positive case at the SportsPlex and Shawnee Park Sports Complex. If you have attended the SportsPlex or Shawnee Park Sports Complex on any of the below dates please be advised of potential exposure and follow the directives of the Health Department as listed below. The SportsPlex is currently closed and will undergo a thorough cleaning before reopening. Please direct any questions related to potential exposure to the Health Department at 573-335-7846. If you are a current participant in a program or league at the SportsPlex, you will be contacted about any potential schedule changes.
From the Cape Girardeau County Health Department (6/27/20):
While performing contact tracing on a positive case reported to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, we have determined that individuals that attended activities at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex on the following dates at the specified times may have been exposed.
• June 23 10:15am – 12:15pm
• June 24 10:15am – 12:15pm
• June 25 8:15am – 12:00pm
• June 26 7:30am – 11:45am
• June 27
Further exposure may have occurred at the Shawnee Sports Complex on June 23, 5:30pm – 10:45pm.
We strongly encourage anyone who was at the Sportsplex during this time period to closely monitor themselves for signs and symptoms due to the potential exposure. We also strongly encourage the use of facemasks or coverings by all those potentially exposed when outside of their home in public and while at work.
If you develop any symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 please self-isolate immediately and contact your primary care physician to determine the need for testing.
We are working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, and feel confident that they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their patrons.
This is yet another reminder for all of us to interact with our environment carefully. When we go out in public, we need to practice physical distancing and wear a mask. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they need to stay home. 
For further information individuals may contact the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center at 573-335-7846.



Jaycee Golf Course Modified Hours & Potential Community Exposure
(July 4, 2020)

The Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course will be on a modified schedule this weekend due to a COVID-19 positive part time employee. All staff that has been in contact with the employee has been removed from the scheduled for the appropriate 14 day quarantine period. The course will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with no tee times beginning after 10:00 a.m. for Saturday, July 4 & Sunday, July 5. Staff is working on contacting any tee times after 10:00 a.m. this weekend. You can also contact the Pro Shop with any questions regarding tee times at 573-334-2031. Any modifications to course hours for the following weeks will be posted on Facebook & the City’s website. 

Potential community exposure to COVID-19 occurred between June 27 - July 3. Please contact the Cape Girardeau County Health Center for any information regarding potential exposure at 573-335-7846.


Reopening Guidelines (May 29, 2020)
Beginning June 1, 2020 the City of Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department will be entering into Phase 1A of its reopening plan. Operations will follow the protocol set forth by local authorities.

During Phase 1A all programming will resume. Programming, including classes, camps, leagues, tournaments and events, will have increased sanitation of equipment, and participants and spectators will be asked to honor social distancing when possible. We recommend that the number of customers at sporting and rental events is limited to help follow social distancing guidelines. League and program directors will be in contact with participants about specific program details. If you have a rental at a Parks & Recreation facility, please contact the facility supervisor to learn about additional guidelines for your rental.

All facilities and outdoor amenities, including playgrounds & skate parks, are open (see aquatic facility exceptions below). Indoor facilities will continue to have increased sanitation and games will be allowed. Outdoor amenities will be sanitized on a limited basis. We ask that customers honor social distancing when possible.

Cape Splash and Central Municipal Pool will open in June. River Walking & Preschool Playtime will start on June 1 at Cape Splash, and public hours will begin on Monday, June 8. Cape Splash will have limited capacity and a reduction in hours during the month of June. Central Municipal Pool will open mid-June at a limited capacity and a reduction in hours. Check our website for Central Municipal Pool opening date in the coming weeks. Cape Splash details can be found here.  

Customers should acknowledge that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 when entering a public facility, and participation is at your own risk. If you have been sick in the past two weeks, avoid entry into public facilities. We recommend customers wear masks.  General Parks & Recreation Department contact information is as follows: 573-339-6340 | parks@cityofcape.org

Facility & Program Guidelines:

- As you enter public facilities, you acknowledge that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19, and that you are participating at your own risk.
- If you have been sick in the past two weeks, PLEASE AVOID ENTRY INTO PUBLIC FACILITIES.
- Please keep 6 feet social distancing when possible.
- We advise that you wear protective face covering.
- Our staff has enhanced sanitation efforts. We ask that you practice proper sanitation as well. You take full responsibility for sanitation of your hands and anything you touch. 
Youth Classes Guidelines
Cape Splash Facility Guidelines
Please speak with your league director for more guidelines for specific leagues.
COVID Facility Guidelines