MONTE VISTA - COVID-19 has made playing sports and recreating difficult for much of 2020. At their last City Council meeting City Recreation Director Jaime Hurtado was able to share with the council how the last few months have been for his department. “Since the pandemic happened our department has been very, very, quiet. We’ve been working hard to abide to the guidelines that the state sets and the county sets as far as having sports and activities,” said Hurtado.
Hurtado shared with the council that they were able to host a baseball camp in June and had close to 25 kids attend. They made sure to follow hand sanitization guidelines and did not have any reports of anyone contracting COVID-19. “We were planning on having volleyball and football camps after that and then guidelines changed, and we had to cancel everything again,” said Hurtado.
Currently under the present guidelines they have been able to start hosting sports activities again. “During the basketball camp, Aug. 4- 6, we had close to 60 kids in the gym - not including coaches. And we have had no reports of anybody getting sick. No reports of anything bad happening and so therefore talking to my supervisor I think we feel safe to start reopening our programs and start reopening our games. We’re actually working with football and of course we are following guidelines. We are keeping everybody safe. We are still sanitizing all equipment and we’re taking temperatures stuff like that,” Hurtado told the council.
Hurtado told the council that he has been meeting with other recreation directors from other towns. Hurtado said that so far Monte Vista, Alamosa, and Del Norte seem to be the only ones that are going to reopen.
“I kind of opened it up since some of the towns like Center, Saguache, and Sangre won’t be able to host games. I told them that if they still want to play, they’re welcome to come to Monte Vista, and we’ll put them in the schedule. I haven’t heard anything yet but we’re hoping that they at least put a team together and get those kids out there,” said Hurtado.
Hurtado also told the council to continue to keep sport participants safe. The City has recently purchased a fogger to mist all their equipment and the facilities they use after ever game to make sure everything stays sanitized. They also added plastic face shields to their football helmets to help keep everyone protected as they play.