The county’s recreation department and the Carrollton Center for the Arts are starting to reopen after weeks of bring closed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Carroll County Recreation Department, 1201 Newnan Rd., reopened last week and has added dates for sports registration and activities.
But the Center for the Arts, 251 Alabama St., is still not open for large events or productions, said Carrollton Marketing and Communications Director April Saunders. Residents are welcome to visit the center’s art exhibits and sign up for summer camps.
These camps resumed last month virtually, and the first in-person camps started this week with the Wizard of Oz Theatre Camp.
On June 11, Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order allowing summer camps to be held this year if organizers complied with 33 sanitizing and social distancing guidelines. Live performance venues such as the Center for the Arts could not fully reopen until after today, July 1.
Venue officials have posted on their Facebook page the sanitation procedures and summer camp guidelines for those attending activities at the venue. These procedures range from having hand sanitizing stations placed around the building to daily temperature checks and staff wearing masks.
Lauren Kuykendall, theater coordinator at the Center for the Arts, said camp sessions began this week and she is encouraging each camper to bring masks from home.
A variety of summer camps are being held next month, from dancing and working with clay to youth choir and cooking. A full list of these available options and registration forms are on the Center for the Arts website.
“Upon entering the workspace, each student will practice social distancing according to CDC guidelines as well as maintaining six feet between one another,” Kuykendall said in a Facebook video posted on June 26. “Before and after each snack, we will sanitize, and we’ll encourage the students to sanitize as well.”
Auditions for the Carroll County Community Theatre’s production of “Clue: On Stage” will be held on July 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.
Team gymnastic tryouts were held at the recreation department on Saturday. Meanwhile, fall sports registration began on Monday and registration will end on Aug. 2. A variety of sports ranging from flag and tackle football to cheerleading and volleyball will be offered.
“We have received questions from the community about if, and how, COVID-19 will change this year’s athletic season,” recreation department leaders said in an email announcement on June 24. “We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community.”
To maintain social distancing, only one guest per child will be allowed inside the gym. When returning to classes, residents are asked the enter the gym no earlier than five minutes before the scheduled start time.
Temperature checks will be administered by staff members, and children who are feeling ill are being asked not to come to practice or participate in activities.
No water fountains will be available for use to curb the spread of germs. Children must have their own water bottles labeled with their names during activities.
Staff members are encouraging children to use the restroom before coming to practice to cut down on frequent use of the facility’s bathrooms. Anyone who coughs or sneezes will be asked to immediately wash their hands.