Tuesday, March 17, 2020

BREC Closing all Indoor Facilities and Zoo Until Further Notice

As federal, State and local officials are taking additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, BREC is closing all indoor facilities that serve the public, including its recreation centers, fitness centers, and its special facilities such as Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center as well as the Baton Rouge Zoo until April 13, 2020. All programs and events are canceled through March and all rentals are also being canceled or rescheduled as the situation warrants. BREC’s administrative building is also closed to visitors. Staff housed in the building will continue to report to work for the time being.

With health officials suggesting that people spend time outdoors to combat the spread of the virus, BREC’s parks and conservation areas will remain open. BREC’s maintenance crews are regularly sanitizing outdoor fitness equipment, playgrounds, bathrooms and other heavily touched surfaces while also working with local companies to enhance their sanitizing efforts.

We strongly encourage visitors to practice social distancing and not visit parks in groups of 10 or more. We also encourage parents to bring hand sanitizer and wipes with them so they can wash their hands and the hands of their children every hour. At this time, golf courses will remain open and are practicing increased sanitizing efforts on golf carts and frequently touched surfaces. BREC’s senior leadership is closely monitoring the situation, assessing it, and taking action as new information becomes available.

BREC is also working with state and local officials to potentially identify locations where emergency camps will be offered to healthcare workers, emergency workers, and other essential personnel to provide safe spaces for their children. However, citizens are strongly encouraged to follow the governor’s instructions to keep children at home, if at all possible, in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

State Representative Barbara Carpenter utilized Chamberlain Park to hand out healthy meals today while State Representative Ted James and Metro Councilwoman Erika Green operated a similar program out of North Sherwood Forest Community Park. For the latest information on further food services in BREC parks and for updates on COVID-19, please visit BREC’s website here for links to the Louisiana Department of Health, City-Parish and the CDC:

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, BREC is also postponing summer camp registration which was scheduled for March 21. We will announce the rescheduled date and information about the resumption of normal activities on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as we are able.

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