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COVID-19: City of Belmont Updates

The Belmont City Manager has proclaimed a Local State of Emergency to protect the public health and safety caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information...

 

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LAST UPDATED: 4/1/2020

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Dear Recreation Participants and Facility Renters, 

Due to the growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the San Mateo County Health Order from March 16, 2020 and March 31, 2020, we are adjusting the cancellation and postponement of the following activities and programs:

YOUTH & TEENS

  • Youth & Teen contractor classes: Postponed until further notice. Summer Activity registrations will start in May. 
  • The Hideout: Postponed until further notice
  • Footsteps Child Care: Postponed until further notice
  • Stepping Stone Enrichment Academy: Postponed until further notice
  • HeartBeat Dance Academy: In-lieu of in person classes (3/16-4/30), online classes will be made available for dancers ages 7 and up. Contact HBDA for access. Summer Activity registrations will start in May. 
  • YAC & VOICES meetings: Postponed until further notice
  • Belmont Community Learning Center: Postponed through April 7

 ADULTS

  • Adult & Senior contractor classes: Postponed until further notice. Summer Activity registrations will start in May. 
  • Twin Pines Senior & Community Center: Closed until further notice. More info on services here or call (650) 595-7444 for the latest updates. 
  • Jazzercise: Postponed until further notice

EVENTS/RENTALS

  • Egg Adventure Hunt 4/11/20: Cancelled
  • April Twin Pines Spring Cleaning 4/25/20: Cancelled
  • Facility Rentals: Postponed until further notice
  • Belmont History Room: Closed until further notice
  • Belmont Manor Building: Closed until further notice

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

  • Parks Restrooms: Closed until further notice
  • Playgrounds and Picnic Areas: Closed until further notice
  • Parks, Dog Parks, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts: Closed until further notice
  • Athletic Fields: Closed until further notice
  • Open Spaces and Trails: Open at this time; see safety alert below.

SAFETY ALERT!

Important guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe in our parks and open spaces.  Per the County Health Officer’s statement of March 23, 2020 and March 31, 2020, please heed the following.

1. Stay home as much as possible! 

Exercise and sanity are absolutely important, however, we recommend that everyone stay at home as much as possible until this situation passes. Countries that have figured out how to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 have all enacted much stricter social distancing measures than we are currently experiencing here in California.

2. If you do go out, act as if everyone you encounter out on the trails has the virus (even if they don’t!)

3. Outdoor recreation activity must take place within 5 miles of the individual's residence. Do not carpool under any circumstances;

Following California guidelines, only drive across town for the absolute essentials! Car crashes are no joke, and driving to the trailhead is unacceptable right now, as automotive transport facilitates virus spread between communities. Get to know your local park and neighborhood streets and sidewalks. 

4. Please, do not ride/hike/gather in groups of any size. Aim for solo or household only activities as much as possible!

Gathering in a group and hitting the trails increases the chance of virus transmission between members of your group as well as transmission to other trail users. As a group, you create a bigger obstacle for other users and set a bad example for the outdoor community.     

5. Pick off-hours to ride or hike, and avoid times of heavy trail use.

6. Keep rides and hikes short if you do choose to enjoy the trails

a. Slow down more than usual, and give fellow trail users more room than you may normally give should you need to pass.

b. Now is not the time to train for a marathon or challenge yourself on an extreme ride.  Our healthcare system cannot support additional emergencies right now, and no one wants to be the one to distract medical resources from an ongoing pandemic. 

c. Give others ample opportunity to enjoy the trails!  This isn’t the time to start that marathon training you’ve always meant to do. 

7. Use the restroom before come to open space, and avoid spitting while on the trail

8. Keep your dog on a leash at all times

9. Speak up if others are not following these recommendations! Share this knowledge. 

10. In the event that parks, open spaces, or play areas are shut down, please respect closures.  These decisions are made for everyone’s safety.

     Additional closures may be necessary to protect our community.

     

    The status of the above-mentioned programs will be evaluated weekly, and additional days or weeks of closure or postponement may occur.  In addition, the City may cancel or postpone activities and events currently scheduled for April. For all status updates, please check www.belmont.gov/event-updates.

    POSTPONEMENT, CANCELLATION, & CLOSURE DETAILS

    • If an activity you enrolled in is cancelled, we will notify you via email and issue a refund.
    • If an activity is postponed, we will issue a prorated refund after the last scheduled class meeting date.
    • If you choose to withdraw from a class that has not yet begun, you will be refunded a full refund.
    • If you choose to withdraw from a class that has begun, you will receive a prorated refund (minus the $2.50 transaction fee)
    • The $10 cancellation fee will be waived for cancellations of classes listed in the Winter/ Spring Activity Guide.
    • BCLC monthly tuition will be prorated based on number of days BCLC is closed.
    • Facility rentals refunds will be issued if an existing rental is not rescheduled (less a processing fee)

    Parks and Recreation Department offices: Will remain open to answer your questions by phone (650-595-7441) or email (parksrec@belmont.gov) only. Office closed for in-person services.   

    Thank you for your understanding as we adjust our operations to maximize the safety of our patrons, staff, and the greater community.  We look forward to welcoming you back to our programs as soon as possible.

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