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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Vacaville Parks

Are parks open?

Yes, Vacaville Parks, trails, and open space are open. We urge community members to practice safe social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart, to wash and sanitize hands thoroughly, wear a mask, and stay home if you feel sick or have a fever.

What is closed in Parks and Recreation? 

Community Centers, indoor facilities, playgrounds, BBQ areas, and Picnic areas are closed. Basketball nets and hoops are not currently available. Park group gatherings are not permitted at this time. We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Why are playgrounds closed? 

To minimize the spread of infection, the Center for Disease Control recommends that individuals maintain six feet or more from other people and regularly disinfect all common surfaces. Because it is impractical to follow these guidelines while using and maintaining play equipment, Solano County has listed playgrounds as restricted until further notice.

Do I still have to pay to park at Lagoon Valley? 

Yes. While there has been a temporary lack of enforcement during the pandemic, this is no longer the case. A new Park Ranger will assist with parking enforcement, education, and maintenance needs. Payment information can be found here

Can I have a group gathering or rent picnic areas at Vacaville parks and facilities? 

We are not currently taking park and facility reservations at this time. Group gatherings are not permitted according to state and Local Guidelines. Rentals will be available as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.


Day Camp COVID-19 Re-Opening Guidelines for Summer 2020

A downloadable version of the Day Camp Guidelines can be found here.

How many campers will be in each unit?

Each group will consist of stable groups of 10 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day). Children will not change from one group to another.

If more than 1 group of children is cared for at one facility, each group will be in a separate room. Groups will not mix with each other. For example: meals, playground time, and toileting activities will be separate for each group.
Staff will remain solely with one group of children (providers will not move from group to group or room to room). The same staff will remain with their regular group of 10 (or less) throughout the program week.

What are the Sign-In / Sign-Out Procedures?

An area for check-in and check-out of camp participants must be identified and follow a process to ensure that all participants and staff are able to practice physical distancing. Staff and participants must conduct a health screening prior to entering the site.

Clearly visible signage must advise participants that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; have a strong recommendation to wear facial coverings; maintain a minimum of six-foot distance from one another; and not engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

When parent/guardians want to sign out their child, they will remain six-feet apart and notify the staff at the sign-out area. Staff will then sign that they visually checked the child out of camp completing the transfer of guardianship back to the parent/guardian.

How will participants be screened upon entry?

Prior to arriving to the camp site, staff, participants and parents should perform a self- conducted health screening by taking their temperature, and ensuring that they do not have a fever of 100.4°F or higher. They must also ensure that they do not have symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19 as listed below: 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Temperature
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Have you or any person in your household been in the presence of someone who is known to have COVID-19?

A no-touch (temporal) thermometer will be available for health screenings.

Upon arrival, camp staff must complete a COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment form, which includes taking their temperature with a no-touch thermometer. Staff must not have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, and must be asked to confirm that they do not have any of the symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19.

Staff will initial next to the child name on the sign-in sheet that the person dropping off the child has confirmed that they have a temperature under 100.4°F and that they are not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms nor have they been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

Staff conducting the health screening must wear a facial covering during the screening and all other times when six-feet of social distance cannot be maintained.

Staff must wear disposable non-latex gloves. The same gloves may be used to conduct all health-screening checks provided this task is uninterrupted as long as no other surfaces were touched for the duration of the health-screening process.

What safety screening does staff have to do? 

Upon arrival camp staff will check their temperature and complete a COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment form. If the temperature check and health screening was passed, staff will then go to the restroom and wash their hands to start their shift.

Staff will be provided all required PPE to ensure theirs and participants safety. They must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) during all camp activities. Reusable masks must be disinfected daily.

Should staff fall suddenly ill, they will be relocated to the resting station/ isolation area, and monitored. Additional internal guidelines will be followed.

What happens if participant has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher at check in? 

There will be an allowable grace period (up to ten minutes) where the camper can wait with their parent/guardian in a vehicle or a reasonable distance away from the facility. This guideline recognizes that temperatures can rise quickly if the camper was running to the facility excited, wearing a hat, or drinking a hot drink.

If after the second test, they still test 100.4°F or higher, the camper will need to leave the area immediately for the remainder of the day. Staff must also disinfect all surfaces and areas that the dismissed camper may have touched.

If the camper has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, a new pair of gloves is required and the non-contact thermometer should be disinfected and sanitized before additional participants are checked.

What happens if someone starts to show symptoms during a program? 

Staff or children with fever (100.4 fever or higher), cough, or shortness of breath should be excluded from camp facilities and stay away from others. Children with household members who are known to have COVID-19 should also be excluded from the camp facility.

If a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or shortness of breath) while at the facility, immediately separate the person from others until the person can leave the facility.

Advise the employee or child’s parent or caregiver to inform the facility immediately if the person is diagnosed with COVID-19. After a positive test has been confirmed the City will take the following action:

  • All parents/caregivers of participants in the camp will be notified via phone/email or form letter informing them of a positive COVID test result within their respective camp.
  • The camp/class will be immediately shut down for disinfecting and sanitizing coordinated by the Public Works Department.
  • If there are other camps in the facility a blanket notice will be distributed to the families as a courtesy.
  • All those (campers and staff) who have had contact with the participant/staff member will not be allowed to take part in any City of Vacaville program 14 days from the date of contact.
  • The City of Vacaville will cooperate with the local Health Agency to determine if any additional contact tracing is required.

What measures will be in place to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19?

Children and staff should wash hands with soap and water for minimum of 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (if hands are not visibly dirty) before and after eating, drinking, touching eyes/nose/mouth, toileting, and physical contact with each other.

Clean high-contact areas and surfaces frequently, using 10% bleach solution or EPA-approved disinfectant against novel human Coronaviruses: counters, toys, telephones, doorknobs, etc.

Staff and children should practice good respiratory hygiene including coughing/sneezing into the sleeve and covering coughs.

Restroom Use – In the case of shared restroom facilities, each group will be assigned specific restroom times.

What cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Requirements do you follow?

Areas that are used for camp activities must be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected regularly. Staff must consider a plan to address the cleaning of facilities and areas that are used by camp participants as well as the general public.

Cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and areas shall be completed on a regular basis and/or during the transition between activities. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Door handles
  • Railings
  • Play equipment
  • Toys
  • Drinking fountains

Restrooms, including faucets, toilets and urinals must be cleaned and disinfected at least every two hours if not more often depending on frequency of use.

Hand washing sinks and faucets must be cleaned and disinfected after every use.

Countertops must be cleaned and disinfected daily (hourly if high frequency of use).

Floors must be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Cabinet handles must be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Mats, chairs and benches must be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Electronic devices such as computers, keyboards, phones, gaming units, remotes, and TVs must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

What about social distancing?

social distancing will be Incorporated within groups to the degree possible, aiming for at least six-feet between children and minimizing the amount of time children are in close contact with each other.

  • Increase the distance between children during table work.
  • Plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.
  • Provide individual sets of materials for participant use.
  • Minimize time standing in lines.
  • Incorporate additional outside time and open windows frequently.
  • Avoid gathering in larger groups for any reason. Outside time and lunch should be taken with the regular group of participants (no large gatherings or combining groups.)

Do we have to wear a mask?

We strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask. City of Vacaville staff will be provided masks to wear anytime they cannot maintain six (6) feet of distance from another person. 

What food will be provided/do I need to provide for my child to eat and drink?

All participants should come to program with a pre-filled water bottle every day. If available, staff will refill water bottles using safety precautions throughout the day as needed. Every child staying in a program through lunch hour must bring their own meal. Camps that provide snacks will use pre-packed foods and disposable utensils.