Author: Will Seidler

Conservancy Update – April 2021

Greetings Neighbors,

The past year has presented challenges to our community due to Covid-19, but we are optimistic about opening the pool this summer. The River Farms Conservancy Board has been hard at work to do everything under our power to open the pool as scheduled. 

The good news is that we see a path to opening under the current guidelines. One unknown variable at this point is the availability of lifeguards. Premier Aquatics, as you may know, hires extensively overseas to recruit summer lifeguards. While they have hired a full complement to staff their pools in 2021, some countries are seeing a delay in procedures such as embassy interviews due to Covid-19. If you know of someone interested in lifeguarding this summer please let us know. Premier has part-time and full-time opportunities and is paying for training at the moment. https://premieraquatics.com/news/view/hiring_lifeguards_summer_2021 

Based on feedback from the community we wanted to provide an update of what we foresee operations may look like as we open the pool and begin the summer. Please note these are subject to change based on government regulations and in coordination with Premier Aquatics.

Below is a preliminary operating plan and notes related to opening

  • Updated Rules and Regulations
  • Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the establishment.
  • Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, gatherings, options for high risk individuals, and staying home if sick. 
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility, including at the entrance/exit and where shared equipment is utilized. 
  • Enforce Seating on pool decks with at least ten feet of spacing between persons who are not members of the same household 
  • Enforce in-water social distancing of 10 ft. between swimmers who are not members of the same household
  • Masks must be worn while entering/exiting, using the bathrooms, or moving about the pool deck. Children under 5 not required to wear a mask (Mask Policy subject to review based on government guidelines, etc)
  • All patrons who wish to use the pool must have a hold harmless on file 
  • Reservations 
    • Due to the social distancing requirements as well as our pool company’s policy we will be implementing a reservation system. At this time we anticipate allowing 10 households to use the pool at any given time. Again this is fluid and subject to change
    • Reservations will be made using Sign-Up Genius
    • All reservations are for 90 minute blocks. All patrons must exit at the appointed time for cleaning (30 mins)
    • To begin the summer households may sign up for 2 blocks in a given day. We will amend this as needed based on usage, availability, etc
    • Households may be required to bring their own seating. This is to minimize the cleaning required between time blocks. Again, this is fluid and a working plan at this time
  • Other Notes
    • Only one household can be in the splash pool at a given time. We are working on a policy/reservation system for this feature
    • The lap lane will remain open but is limited to one patron/household. Additional instruction will be given as needed
    • No parties or gatherings on the pool house deck until further notice
    • Our guest policy is being determined and further updates will be provided
  • New Community Manager 
    • We have a new community manager for our conservancy, Toria Harris. She is your contact for anything conservancy related (Pools/Tennis Courts)
    • toria.harris@summitmanage.com 
    • 301-576-8374
  • Government Guidelines – full guidelines at the link below
    • We are under Phase 3 Guidelines – Full document here Safer at Home: Phase 3 Guidelines for All Business Sectors.
      • Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools and interactive play features must be closed.
      • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open at up to 75% occupancy, if applicable, with ten feet of physical distance between patrons not members of the same household.
      • Free swim is allowed.
      • Seating may be provided on pool decks with ten feet of spacing between persons who are not members of the same household.

We appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue our work to open the pool this summer. Please continue to check https://www.riverfarmsconservancy.org/ for updates. 

Sincerely,

William Seidler

President, River Farms Conservancy