Faculty Research at Morehead State University

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Spring 2021


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted the operation and financial vitality of recreation, fitness, and sports industries (Byrne, 2020; Dolesh & Colman, 2020). This case study addressed how recreation and fitness sectors were impacted by the outbreak of virus and described how the Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) department of a satellite city near the National Capital, Washington D.C., operated its facility with proper emergency responses and best practices under the guidelines of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Health Department. In addition, challenges (i.e., staffing and financial compensation) faced during different phases of reopening are also discussed. Mask wearing, maintaining proper social distance, contact tracing, and taking extra safety precautions are advocated as the key elements to minimize the increase of infected cases, keep the community safe and reopened, and avoid a draconian shutdown.



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