Contract workers for summer festivals look for job options amid COVID

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of residents across the nation in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring and summer in San Francisco are typically the busiest seasons of the year for Stephanie Mufson. 

Her small business, Parade Guys works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. A team of painters, builders, and sculptors would typically be producing floats for events like the San Francisco Pride parade or Fourth of July celebrations.

Stephanie Mufson's small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.
Stephanie Mufson’s small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.

Since large outdoor festivals are being cancelled and celebrations are moving to virtual formats, independent workers who rely heavily on seasonal events are now searching for new ways to make

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Hoboken Mayor: Coronavirus Cases Rising Again

HOBOKEN, NJ – Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said, in a nightly coronavirus update on Monday, that the Hoboken Health Department noted seven new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, two Sunday, and two Monday, after a recent week in which there was only one new case. That brings the total of confirmed cases of Hoboken residents to 583.

Bhalla noted a “slight uptick” related to “travel outside of New Jersey to regions with a substantial rise in new cases.” Media reports have said that several states have suffered recent spikes, including states that lifted stay-at-home restrictions sooner.

Bhalla encouraged residents to postpone travel to places such as Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and other areas with spikes, and said those whohead there should get tested after coming back. See more of his update here.

This past Thursday, Bhalla said there had been one new case of coronavirus the previous day, but

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Wilton Parks And Recreation Set To Open Camp Looper And Cool Tots

News Release Submitted by the Town of Wilton

Parks and Recreation is officially hosting a 2020 session of summer camp at Comstock Community Center while taking numerous steps to ensure the safety and peace of mind of campers, parents, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camp Looper and Cool Tots will be reminiscent of previous years, but with some unique twists to maintain compliance with State and Town public health guidelines. Parks and Recreation staff have worked diligently to make camp the best experience possible in the current climate.

Campers can expect to have familiar schedules to previous summers. Although the formerly robust travel schedule will not be present, some favorites such as Ice Cream Emergency and Dave’s Planet Pizza will be making guest appearances throughout the summer. There will also be some surprise virtual visits. Every program and activity will be designed to provide campers with leadership opportunities, academic

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Cranford To Reopen 1 Pool Monday, Other Local Coronavirus Updates

CRANFORD, NJ — Cranford will only open one of its pools this summer, a decision that the Township Committee said, in a letter, that they knew has provoked “questions and some disappointment.” They said the decision was not easy, but a responsible choice for health reasons.

State regulations for pools were announced recently. Pools can be at 50 percent capacity.

Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Robertazzi explained the reasons and rules in a letter: “Opening a municipal pool is not as simple as pulling back the cover, and with the late notice from the state and the significant additional requirements that will be in place to protect patrons and staff: many towns had decided not to reopen their pools.

Robertazzi said, “After a difficult couple of months, it goes without saying that we could all use a pool now more than ever…The pool staff, in conjunction with the Township

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Cedar Point Amusement Park Is Set To Reopen On July 9, But There Will Be New Policies In Place

Photo credit: Natalia Fedosenko - Getty Images
Photo credit: Natalia Fedosenko – Getty Images

From Delish

It goes without saying that summer 2020 looks different than the summers we’re used to. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, activities like eating out, going to the beach, and going to amusement parks have been put on hold for the safety of visitors and employees. As some states phase into their reopening of non-essential businesses, the latter are making plans to reopen safely.

For the most part, there are some precautions being taken across the board. Face masks are required at all of the parks, although the age requirement for kids to wear them may differ from place to place. Other policies, like more frequent cleaning of high traffic areas, social distancing, and reserving tickets in advance to control capacity are all pretty standard across the board for amusement parks so far. To reserve your tickets and to read up on

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Summer visitors to American parks choose safety first over freedom to roam

<span class="caption">Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anqi Lu/Unsplash">Anqi Lu/Unsplash</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CC BY">CC BY</a></span>
Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019. Anqi Lu/Unsplash, CC BY

In a typical summer, millions of Americans head outdoors to national parks, hiking trails and rivers across the U.S. This summer, because of COVID-19 precautions, getting outdoors will be different, although how different isn’t certain.

My colleagues and I are part of a research team at Pennsylvania State University that studies outdoor recreation and park management. Our team recently conducted a national survey of more 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts across 47 states with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

The survey asked several key questions that included how those who use parks were considering a return to outdoor recreation this summer and how parks might be managed for COVID-19 to ensure the safety and security of park users.

The responses to the survey suggested that this summer, we may be entering a

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Clark Pool To Reopen As Murphy Lifts Coronavirus Closure

CLARK, NJ — As temperatures reach the 90s this week, Clark announced its township pool will reopen on June 22 amid the coronavirus.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that municipal and private-club swimming pools can reopen with rules and guidelines in place.

“Please keep in mind there will be a list of restrictions and I assure you it will NOT be a typical summer at the Clark Pool. With that said, we will do everything in our power to follow the guidelines and restrictions to keep our staff and members safe, but we need your cooperation, understanding and patience,” said Clark Director of Recreation Ralph Bernardo.

The hold on online registration was removed Wednesday. Residents must register and pay online at, click Clark Recreation under the Community tab.

For those who can not register online, they can print a membership form off of, fill it out and

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Long Beach may use streets for outdoor dining, recreation

As coronavirus restrictions keep many indoor areas off-limits, some communities are talking about opening up streets to outdoor dining to help the battered restaurant industry.

The idea of taking over parts of streets has become a national trend as traffic declined due to stay-at-home orders. Closing off streets has given people more space to walk and exercise.

But some cities are thinking about taking it a step further.

The city of Long Beach is exploring an “open streets initiative” that would repurpose some roads to accommodate recreation and outdoor dining.

Mayor Robert Garcia said in a community message that the initiative would “open up more public spaces for outdoor dining, transit access and economic activity, with safe physical distancing.”

“Opening up streets and other public spaces to new uses creates more room for people to be outside, spend time with the community and support local businesses without overcrowding,” he wrote.

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Recreation Jobs, Employment in California

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$95,000 – $115,000 a year

EDI: 5 years

System Administration: 5 years

ERP Systems: 5 years

  • Maintains a favorable working relationship with all other company employees to foster aid promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate which will be…

Biomechanical Research and Testing, LLC.

Signal Hill, CA 90755

$30 – $45 an hour

Easily apply Urgently hiring
  • Conduct vehicle and site inspections, including 3-dimensional scanning and full-scale recreations.
  • Manage and aid in solving complex technical problems in a…

Sunshine Rafting Adventures

Oakdale, CA 95361

$15 an hour

Easily apply Urgently hiring

We are looking for an energetic, outgoing person to work in our office for our river rafting company. Duties will include secretarial work, answering phones,…

Emerald Cove outdoor Science Institute (ECOS)

Green Valley Lake, CA 92341

$13 an hour

  • As educators, instructors lead 5th and 6th graders on hikes focused on scientific inquiry.
  • Instructors
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Recreation Jobs, Employment in Los Angeles, CA – June 2020

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CLHF Homes

North Hollywood, CA

Easily apply Urgently hiring
  • Maintain activity supplies (monthly budget).
  • Should have Creative ideas and able to connect with the patients.
  • Provide In-service training (at least annually).

Culver City, CA 90232 (Lucerne/Higuera area)

$18 – $22 an hour

Easily apply Responsive employer
  • One to three years working with children in a recreation and/or instructional setting.
  • Willingness to earn certification within one year of start.
  • Provides patient care in accordance with the laws and regulations relating to the practice of rehabilitation (occupational, physical, speech or recreation)…

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

  • Associates Degree required / Bachelors Degree preferred, with course work in social work, psychology, recreation therapy, kinesiology or related field.

City of Downey, CA

Downey, CA

$134,938 – $164,625 a year

ABOUT THE POSITION View the official job flyer for Director of Parks and Recreation. To apply for this position, click

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