COVID-19 Health & Safety


1. Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.

2. Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or when the capacity limit has been reached. 

3. Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.

4. Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.

5. No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.

6. Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.

7. Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.

Topics for Worker Training

All skate park employees have completed the City’s mandatory Covid-19 Health and Safety Training provided through its insurance carrier, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority. This is in addition to the training mentioned above regarding the City’s Exposure Control Policy Prevention Plan.  Staff have also been trained to remind patrons about healthy hygiene practices, including the proper way to put on and use the provided Personal Protective Equipment. 

Individual Control Measures and Screening

Prior to each shift, staff will be required to provide answers to screening questions and have their temperature taken.  Staff will also be required to utilize Personal Protection Equipment (masks, gloves, and face shields) during their work shifts while interacting with participants and fellow co-workers, as dictated by state guidance. 

“COVID-19 Safety Guidelines” signs have been placed throughout the park (Attachment 2).  Both the City of Lake Forest and the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest Websites have information on the established COVID-19 guidelines to be followed at the skate park. Lastly, plexiglass safety shields have been installed in windows at both Skatepark office contact points (Attachment 3).  

Employees will be encouraged to stay home if sick and educated on taking the proper actions if symptoms of COVID-19 come on or someone is exposed to COVID-19. 

Employees will be required to regularly wash their hands with soap and water.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Protocols have been put in place to clean all frequently touched surfaces throughout the day and in-between skating session (Attachment 4). For every two-hour session, there is a half an hour break, enabling staff to clean all frequently touched surfaces prior to the next session beginning.  A sanitizing station is also available at the registration desk, restrooms, and park exit/entrance.  Participants are required to bring all of their own skate gear (skateboard, helmet, and pads) and are not allowed to share gear.

 Physical Distancing Guidelines

Staff have implemented procedures to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be met.  These procedures include:

  • Participants will be required to pre-register for two-hour sessions scheduled throughout the day.  Only 50 participants will be allowed to skate per session. Half an hour facility closures have been schedule between sessions for staff to clean all high touch areas.
  • Participants will be required to sign a revised City of Lake Forest Participation Waiver, which now includes verbiage specially related to communicable diseases and social distancing.
  • Participants are required to enter and exit though designated gates.
  • “6ft Social Distancing” stickers have been placed leading up to the registration window and park entrance (Attachment 5)
  • On-site staff will monitor and enforce social distancing practices once skaters enter the park.  With only 50 people per session in the 62,000 square foot facility, each skater can easily have more than 6 ft between them.
  • Participants will not be allowed to congregate in any capacity around various skate park features, unless it is with a person from their own household. 
  • All benches and tables have been spaced out throughout the park to ensure no participant is sitting next to another.
  • Participants who do not follow mandatory social distancing requirements will be removed from the skate park. Multiple offenses will result in revoking access to the park.

Additional Considerations for Food and Dining

All food and water sold at the skatepark will be pre-packaged and individually wrapped. 

Additional Considerations for Visitors

No visitors are allowed within the skate park.  Only participants who have signed the proper paperwork and signed up for the skate session will be allowed inside the park.  Also, no visitors will be allowed to congregate outside of the park and will be asked to remain in vehicles, if waiting to drop off or pick up participants.