Parks & Recreation suspends events, league activities

Published 9:51 pm Saturday, March 14, 2020

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The City of Albemarle continues to monitor the events related to Coronavirus COVID-19.

Following recommendations from the North Carolina Governor’s Office, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and North Carolina Department of Public Health (NCDPH), and the recent action from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and Stanly County Schools
(SCS), the City of Albemarle Parks & Recreation Department will suspend all programs and events of 100 or more people, athletic league activities and facility rentals at Niven Center and Waddell Center through April 6. This may change as the response to coronavirus evolves.

Programs effected by these suspensions:

  • Mini Medley Relay – March 21
  • Dixie Youth League Baseball – suspended through April 6
  • Adult Softball League – suspended through April 6
  • Pickleball League – suspended through April 6
  •  Kite Building Workshop and Golden Shoe – March 28
  • Bryan Saint Magic Show at Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre – April 4

Facilities effected by suspensions:

* Waddell Center – 621 Wall St.

  • Niven Center – 1816 E. Main St.

At this time, all other City of Albemarle Parks & Recreation programs will continue as scheduled.
The City of Albemarle will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments. Administration and staff are getting updates from Stanly County Health Department, North Carolina Governor’s Office, NCDHHS, NCDPH and the Centers for Disease Control.

During this time one recommendation from all levels of Public Health administration has been implementing social distancing strategies. This is especially recommended for events and gatherings of 100 or more people.

NCDHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid larger groups of people as much as possible.
People at high risk include those:

  • Over the age of 65 or,
  •  With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes or,
  •  With weakened immune systems.

Anyone who is sick, or feels unwell, is urged to stay home and not attend programs or activities being held.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.