COVID-19 and the ADA: Guidance for Park and Recreation Agencies

10/28/2020 3 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Equity and Inclusion 


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way recreation programs are delivered and park assets are used by the public. Terms like PPE, positivity rate and asymptomatic have barged into the language used to plan programs, staff facilities and maintain parks and facilities. Complicating how to approach this issue is the hands-off approach by the federal government, leaving it to the states to interpret guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and develop an approach that works. As a result, Oregon does it differently than New Jersey, and Texas does it differently than Illinois. There has been one constant: The requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not overruled by any coronavirus restrictions adopted by a state, county or city. This session reviews CDC guidance, known ADA requirements for recreation programs, and applies these to four case studies. Attendees will leave with a toolkit to address the ADA/COVID-19 interface.

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John McGovern

Partner, Principal in Charge, Accessibility Practice at The WT Group LLC

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