COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS AND POOL REOPENINGS - FAQ'S
1. What is Board of Directors doing to reopen the pool in Cadence in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines?
While the state’s required closure of community pools was lifted May 29, there are still many restrictions and guidelines that must be followed in order to reopen public pool facilities as a part of the “Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada: Phase 2” plan.
These restrictions include occupancy limitations, reservation requirements and disinfecting protocols which the association did not include in the 2020 budget, which was approved prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s important to remember that even though the Governor first addressed the public with his intentions to include pool facilities in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan on May 27, the supporting guidelines were not released by the state until May 29. Additionally, these guidelines have been revised several times since their initial release, which has made it difficult for the Board to identify and execute a compliant reopening plan to date.
2. What restrictions and guidelines must be implemented?
Residents can expect the following adjustments if the Board takes action to reopen the pools during Phase 2:
- Capacity will be reduced to 50% of the fire code.
- Attendance at the pools will be available by reservation only.
- Reservations will be booked on a set schedule for a period of 1½ hours of swim time, followed by ½ hour of staff cleaning/disinfecting.
- Reservations will be available for registered residents only and will be limited to five (5) residents total per reservation, including children.
- Residents under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter the facility without an adult resident present.
- Reservations will be non-transferable to other households.
- Residents will be limited to one (1) reservation per household, per week while the Board monitors the overall facility usage.
- Pool monitors will be present for check-in and check-out procedures.
- Pool furniture will be set to maintain social distancing guidelines. Residents will be permitted to bring their own chairs into the facility and must remove chairs when they leave the pool area.
- Food and drink will not be permitted, except for bottled water.
- Residents will be strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a face mask anytime they are not in the water.
- Residents will be required to maintain social distancing from other households while in the water and on the pool deck. Residents who do not abide may be asked to leave the facility immediately.
3. Why is the association required to hire pool monitors to implement the state’s Phase 2 operating guidelines?
While the state’s reopening guidelines do not specifically mention that the association is required to staff personnel in order to monitor social distancing and disinfecting protocols at the pool, the Board has received advice from multiple professional sources advising that this is highly recommended during Phase 2 given the size of the community.
Additionally, the Board was notified by the association’s insurance agent that allowing these measures to be self-monitored, or volunteer monitored, will likely result in a cancellation of the association’s insurance plans.
4. What percentage of the association’s annual operating budget is allocated towards the maintenance of the community pools?
Less than 0.6% of the association’s annual operating budget is specifically allocated towards the maintenance of the community pool facility.