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Dawson County to close parks facilities for COVID-19 sanitization
Completed construction on the multi-purpose field at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville. The field will be used for football, soccer and lacrosse. - photo by Jacob Smith

The recreation centers at Rock Creek Park and Veterans Memorial Park will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 to allow for the facilities to be sanitized and to reduce exposure in the community, the Dawson County Parks and Recreation announced last week. 

“All activities originally scheduled to take place inside these facilities during this window are canceled,” county officials said in a release. “There will be no ‘open gym’ hours or scheduled activities during this time.” 

According to the release, the closures will only affect the indoor recreation centers and not the outdoor facilities. 

“The park gates, outdoor facilities, wrestling program and Fire Station 2 rentals will operate under normal hours,” the release said. 

Dawson County Parks and Recreation also outlined its COVID-19 guidelines as laid out by the CDC and as followed by the Dawson County Board of Education. The updated guidelines apply to those who have tested positive for or been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

According to the release, residents may return to the parks’ activities and facilities after either quarantining for seven days and receiving a negative test, or after quarantining for 10 days with no test. For students who are quarantined from school, the release said that they may return to the parks’ activities and facilities once they are eligible to go back to school. 

“We are relying on you to be responsible and honest in following the guidelines set forth so that we can continue to keep our facilities open and our programs running,” the release said.