COVID-19 Updates and Resources:
COVID-19 Town Facilities Update
Valdese Town Hall:
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:
Under E.O. #204, Friday, March 26, 2021: The Old Rock School will operate under 50% capacity. Rentals will resume with the lower occupancy thresholds in place for all events.
Auditorium: 230 People | Waldensian Room: 75 People | Teachers Cottage: 25 People | Classrooms & Dressing Rooms 13 People
Masks and social distancing is required.
Events will resume with social distancing requirements & COVID-19 best practices in place. See the full event list for downtown 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. For rental information please contact the Recreation Department at 828-874-6734.
Memberships: All memberships are currently in effect. Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active members do not need to take any action regarding their memberships at this time. Please note that the Valdese Recreation Department no longer offers monthly memberships, although 10 visit punch cards without an expiration date are now available.
Fitness Center: The Fitness Center is currently operating at 75% occupancy on weekdays from 5:30-10am, and 4-9pm. On weekends, it is currently open from 7am-11am on Saturday mornings. Face masks are required for entry to and from the fitness room. In accordance with current North Carolina executive orders, face coverings ARE required in the fitness center during 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. 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.
Pool: The pool is operating at this time with all lanes divided in an effort to encourage social distancing between patrons and households. Patrons are permitted one to a lane unless they are from the same household. Weekday evening hours are from 5pm-9pm Monday through Friday. The pool is open from 8-10am on Mondays and Fridays, as well as 7-11am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. We highly encourage patrons to call ahead and reserve a lane for their use as space is limited. 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, yoga classes, water aerobics classes, and Masters swim practices are currently meeting. Please check the program schedules page to find the most up-to-date calendar of classes.
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