Lawrence Parks & Rec won’t require masks for indoor activity participants ages 12 and up

The City of Lawrence is no longer requiring face coverings for all participants in indoor programs and activities in Parks and Recreation facilities, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

Masks are still required in all recreation and aquatic facilities, but only children ages 2-11 will be required to wear masks while actively participating in activities, because of the current Douglas County health order.


Participants ages 12 and up will still have to wear masks when they’re not on the field or court of play, and volunteer coaches, spectators and others will have to wear them at all times.

Free play will be allowed at all rec facilities, but masks will be required when not actively playing on the court. Those using cardio and weight equipment won’t have to wear masks, but will need to put them on when exiting machines and moving around the facility. Those using the track at Sports Pavilion Lawrence or walking in a gym will still need to mask up.

And for all programs and visitors at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., face coverings will still be required to protect the animals and reptiles, according to the announcement.

“Throughout the pandemic, the City has worked with its partners and followed the latest health and safety guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control,” the announcement states. “As the conditions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to change, the City wants to assure everyone that it is closely monitoring the latest information and will make necessary changes as warranted. The health and safety of our community and employees will continue to be our top priority.”

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