June 1st, 2020 COVID-19 SRC Update
As Washington reopens, many of us eagerly await the return to our aquatics activities to restore our mental health and wellness. Washington’s Safe Start phased approach as currently defined, allows pools to open at 50% capacity in Phase 3.
Pacific Northwest Swimming and members of the aquatics community have launched a petition to encourage Governor Jay Inslee to allow all pools to open in Phase 2 with a unified restricted approach in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
Our goal as your SRC Board of Directors is to follow state guidelines to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 while allowing our amazing members to enjoy our beautiful pool and the summer ahead. As you might imagine, we are learning new things daily and making plans to ensure SRC has precautions in place when allowed to open. We ask for everyone’s patience as we don’t have all the answers at this point and in all honesty, we won’t until SRC is allowed to open. When we do open, please expect processes and protocols to evolve and changed based on our teams’ and members’ ability to adapt and follow guidelines.
In addition, Midlakes has pushed its “go, no-go” date to June 15. However based on current events, SRC is doubtful of a summer swim team season.
Phase 3 – What Phase 3 Means for Members:
Reduced Membership Fee:
- We are anticipating a Phase 3 July SRC opening date and cost of membership will be 60% of regular fees.
- If opening is moved to an August date, SRC membership fees will be 40% of regular fees.
- If you plan to be a member regardless of opening date, once a final open date is set refunds will be issued. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to donate all or any portion of your refund to the club. Remember SRC is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax-deductible and much appreciated.
- If you choose not to be a member this year at SRC, let us know and we will be happy to issue a full refund upon request. Again, if you would like to donate all or part of your refund, please let us know. Please email email@example.com for a full refund.
- At this point outdoor pools like SRC can open in Phase 3 at less than 50% capacity. For our pool facility this means we will be allowed to have approximately 50-60 people in the facility (pool, pool decks, clubhouse) at any one time. We are currently evaluating ideas on how to best manage this process.
- Due to restrictive state mandated capacity guidelines, during Phase 3 we will NOT allow members to bring guests. We anticipate in Phase 4 that members will be allowed to bring guests.
- During Phase 3 we will NOT allow kids under 14 to be at SRC without a parent to enforce social distancing requirements of their children while in the pool.
- During Phase 3 chairs/tables on the pool deck will not be allowed to be moved from their locations to ensure facility adheres to social distancing rules.
- During Phase 3 we expect locker/restrooms will only be open for hand-washing and restrooms (no shower/no locker rooms) but this may change based on guidance.
- We understand that it may be frustrating to travel to the pool only to find it at maximum capacity and there to be a required wait. Unfortunately, there is no way around this until we move into phase 4. Please feel free to call the pool directly or check our Facebook page for regular updates on just how busy the pool is at any given time. We are exploring multiple options including time blocks and reservations.
Extra Precautions and Measures:
While we wait to hear from the governor and state officials on specific guidelines for outdoor pools, in addition to the above changes, we wanted to let you know of the precautions we anticipate adding to help reduce the spread.
- Instructing sick employees and members not to come to the pool. If you are sick or someone in your home is sick, please follow CDC guidelines.
- Asking members and staff to adhere to social distancing guidelines while in the facility, pool deck and in the pool.
- Sanitizing and disinfecting lounge chairs, chairs and tables after every member use.
- Sanitizing and disinfecting common surfaces often.
- Checking employees for temperature and symptoms at the start of their shift
- Providing staff with PPE.
- Recommending face coverings for staff and members when not in the pool.
Please note as our state guidelines change, we will review and adapt the above precautions. Questions, please ask.
Again, we remind everyone we are all in this together in our attempt to make SRC a place our community will be able to enjoy this summer and into the future. Thank you in advance for adhering to state mandated processes.