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Silverthorne Recreation Center Update

Published March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020.

As announced Thursday, March 12, the Silverthorne Recreation Center is currently closed until further notice. The Town of Silverthorne was informed on Thursday that a Silverthorne Recreation Center employee is being tested for COVID-19. The town has not yet received an update on the COVID-19 test results.

To maintain the priority of health and safety for our visitors and employees, the Town of Silverthorne closed the Silverthorne Recreation Center and does not have an estimated reopening date at this time. However, the closure is expected to be prolonged. 

The employee being tested for COVID-19 last worked at the Silverthorne Recreation Center in the aquatics area from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on March 4. Prior to working on March 4, the employee used the men’s locker room, cardio and circuit areas of the facility between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. Furthermore, on March 9, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the employee visited the Recreation Center as a guest and used the men’s locker room, circuit and cardio areas.

All Recreation Center guests that are believed to have direct contact with the employee during the work shift of 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on March 4 have been notified individually by Recreation Center staff.

At this time, a deep cleaning disinfection procedure has begun, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Detailed disinfection procedures are being completed, including use of an Electrostatic Sprayer with Clorox Total 360, which reduces pathogens on all hard surfaces within the facility. 

Since March 3, the Silverthorne Recreation Center has taken extra preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs. In addition to the regular maintenance and cleaning of the facility, the center has also provided:

  • Additional sanitation stations located throughout the facility.
  • An updated and detailed disinfecting procedure completed by custodial staff twice daily. 
  • Additional disinfection procedures for machines and weight equipment at a higher frequency. 
  • Daily disinfection of pool furniture and pool decks. 
  • Informational signage from the CDC on how to prevent the spread of disease. 

All Silverthorne Recreation Center pass holders will have their passes extended for the amount of days equal to the closure. The Silverthorne Recreation Center will also prorate refunds with no administrative fee for programs canceled due to the closure.

The Town of Silverthorne is also complying with Summit County and all other local towns in regards to canceling large events through May 1. In Silverthorne, the Country Western Dance on Friday, March 13, and Friday, April 16, have been canceled as well as the April First Friday on Friday, April 3.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Silverthorne Town Hall will be closed to the general public. All Town Hall business will be conducted via phone or by appointment in special circumstances.

Town officials will continue to monitor this situation and the employee’s testing results before making a decision to reopen the facility. It is anticipated that the town will learn the employee’s testing results over the weekend, and if so, will let the community know as soon as possible. A community update will be provided by the town by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at the latest.