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Rec Department closed, in wait-and-see mode

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Holding pattern consistent with community actions

  • Rec Department closed, in wait-and-see mode

The Putnam County Recreation Department has closed as a result of the novel coronavirus consistent with community actions throughout the county as the pandemic moves closer to completely engulfing our way of life.

According to Recreation Director Scott Haley, the department is open for staff only from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Currently, youth baseball and softball are under suspension until the crisis passes.

In addition, adult softball, church softball and co-ed softball have been pushed back to mid to late summer until further notice.

The department is under orders from Putnam County administration to continue the reduced operations on a week-to-week basis until further information is available and punitive actions are taken to combat and overcome the COVID-19.

“There is a lot of uncertainty with our youth programs. We just have to be able to adapt and adjust,” Haley said on Tuesday. “We’re just not sure at this time. The facilities are closed and there isn’t any usage allowed. We aren’t letting people in the building. We will take deliveries but we are being very cautious and not have a lot of exposure out here.”

Haley said if business had to be conducted, an appointment should be set or the issue can be discussed over the telephone.

Overall, Haley said the community has been responsive and positive about the closure.

“Everybody is in the same boat and are worried and uncertain about what is to come,” he said. “They are ready to get back out and do some things and get some news and feel better about the situation.”

Jimmy Davis Park has been affected by the suspension as all building rentals have been canceled for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, the recreation staff is maintaining the fields, disinfecting regularly and keeping things as clean as possible.

“Our staff understands we are in uncharted waters and they are remaining optimistic,” Haley said. “When we do start back, we’ll be ready to go and start back immediately. As soon as we get the green light, we’ll be ready and get back to normal.”

For future updates on the recreation department, please visit putnamcountyga.us/rec.