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PRESS RELEASERed Brick Recreation Center to Close Until November 18Limited staffing resources temporarily will close the center and delay opening of the Aspen Ice GardenContacts: Cory Vander Veen, Recreation Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-355-5536 and Denise White, Communications Director, email@example.com or 970-920-5293Aspen, CO – November 11, 2020 – The City of Aspen will close the Red Brick Recreation Center to the public effective today through November 18 in response to limited staffing resources. A recent Pitkin County order for some staff to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 impacted the staffing levels required to operate the facility safely. Additionally, the City will delay opening Aspen Ice Garden until November 30.The Aspen Recreation Department is taking these steps out of an abundance of caution as our patrons, employees, and community's health and safety are of the utmost importance. This closure, and the Ice Garden’s delayed opening, will allow the department to concentrate on a reallocation of staff to maintain operations at the Aspen Recreation Center (the ARC) until staffing levels are restored.While closed to public use for climbing, fitness, and programming until November 18, the Red Brick will remain open for private contract use, such as gymnastics, which operate with their staff and under clearly outlined safety protocols. During the public closure, the Red Brick will undergo a deep clean following all COVID-19 protocols.The City of Aspen and Pitkin County Public Health urge all residents and visitors to wear a mask, social distance, limit social gatherings, stay home when you’re sick, and get tested if you have symptoms.