COVID-19 Updates and Resources:
PHASE 2.5 COVID-19 Town Facilities Update
Valdese Town Hall:
Valdese Town Hall will reopen to the public on September 14th. Masks and temperature checks will be required at the main entrance to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Please maintain 6’ social distance requirements while in the building.
Community Affairs & Old Rock School:
The Old Rock School and Visitor Center will reopen to the public on September 8th. Face masks are required for entry to the building. In response to Phase 2.5, the Old Rock School and Teachers Cottage will accommodate public meeting rentals with event attendance of 25 people or less. At this time, we are unable to accomodate unecessary gatherings (ex. birthday parties, pageants, etc.). The Community Event Calendar is being handled on a month by month basis. Updates can be found online here: https://www.townofvaldese.com/events/
Recreation Department & Fitness Center:
Public Playgrounds & Parks: The Valdese Recreation Department is preparing for the reopening of public playgrounds on Friday, September 4th by 5pm. The Valdese Family Splash Park will be operational Monday through Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm, beginning Saturday, 9/5/20.
We will offer outdoor shelter rentals at McGalliard Falls Park and Children’s Park. The Splash Park Shelter can be used on a first come, first served basis. Only 25 people may use the shelters at one time and remain socially distanced. The indoor Splash Park building will not be available until we get back to more normal operating hours.
Memberships: All memberships were paused on March 17th to account for the facility closure. Memberships will resume on September 8, and no member will have time the facility was unavailable counted against their memberships. For patrons who do not feel comfortable returning to the fitness center or pool at this time, they may “pause” their membership by calling and speaking with Aquatics/Fitness Supervisor David Andersen at 828-874-6737 before 5pm on October 8, 2020. Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active members do not need to take any action regarding their memberships at this time.
Fitness Center: As of Tuesday September 8, the Fitness Center will reopen at 30% occupancy from 5:30am until 10am, and will reopen from 4-8pm Monday through Friday, and from 7am-11am on Saturday mornings. Face masks are required for entry to and from the fitness room. However, they are not required during strenuous exercise. Each person visiting the Fitness Center will be provided a clean cloth and disinfectant upon check-in. Please maintain 6-foot social distancing practices while exercising, and please wear your face covering when moving between pieces of equipment. Patrons are asked to clean equipment before and after use with the provided disinfectant, and Recreation Department Staff has increased routine cleaning protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reservations for workouts are appreciated and can be made by calling 874-6737. If no one answers, please leave a message with the time you wish to come work out and a contact number. Reservations are not confirmed until you have received confirmation from a Fitness Center employee.
Pool: The pool will continue operating for lap/fitness swimming only at this time. We will continue evening hours from 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday, as well as 7-11am on Saturday mornings. On Tuesday, September 8, the pool will begin opening in the mornings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7am-11am. Reservations for swimming can be made by calling 874-6737. If no one answers, please leave a message with the time you wish to come swim and a contact number. Reservations are not confirmed until you have received confirmation from a Fitness Center employee.
Fitness Classes: Silver Sneakers classes, TRX classes, and water aerobics classes will resume meeting on Monday, September 14. A finalized schedule of class times will be available on Wednesday, September 9, and patrons are required to sign up in advance for those classes. Patrons may begin signing up for classes on Thursday, September 10.
Bowling: Bowling will resume at 30% occupancy for leagues only, beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020. League bowlers may contact Ken McNeely for details on how the leagues will be structured.
Sources for COVID-19 updates and information:
- Where to get tested
- NC Cause Count Dashboard - NCDHHS
- NCDHHS Managing your Overall Health
- Burke County Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Availability
- Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- NC Department of Health & Human Services
- Burke County Health Department- The Burke County Health Deparment has established a public information line open Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm for those with questions can call 828-764-9388. After hours, general questions can be directed to NC Public Information Line at 1-866-462-3821
- NCDHHS Launches New Vaccine Tools
- NCDHHS Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Fireside Chat Series