COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m. through Thursday, April 30, a Stay-at-Home Order is in effect in Durham. All City facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. 

During these challenging times, the health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priority. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions and adhering to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Amenities that remain open

  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Greenways
  • Tennis Courts

As you recreate in Durham’s parks and trails, model social distancing by maintaining a safe distance (at least 6 feet) between you and other users. Please see below for additional recommendations.*

Amenities that are currently closed

  • Playgrounds
  • Park restrooms
  • Skate Park at Durham Central Park
  • Dog Parks
  • Picnic Shelters
  • All Athletic Fields
  • Futsal Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • DPR Administration Building
  • All Recreation Centers and Pools 
  • City Lakes


  • All instructional and drop-in programs, leagues, activities, and events are canceled and/or suspended until further notice. Staff will be in contact with registered participants to discuss options for refunds and/or rescheduling. Please note, due to the recent malware attack on the City, this may take some time as many staff still do not have access to computers and/or facility phones.
  • Durham’s Earth Day Festival scheduled for April 19 is canceled. 
  • Durham Senior Games scheduled for April 13-30 are canceled.
  • All rentals will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Staff will contact and work with those who have a rental scheduled during this time to either refund or reschedule.

*Additional recommendations include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and staying home when you are sick. The CDC recommends coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then throwing it away, or sneezing into your upper shirt, sleeve or elbow, completely covering your nose and mouth; use your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Those who are high risk including those who are 65 years of age or older, have long-term medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure or those who have weak immune systems are advised to stay home per the guidelines of the CDC.  

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Visit the City of Durham’s website for additional information on the City’s response.