UPDATE as of JUNE 8, 2020
Happy June SRA Shareholders,
This email is just a brief update to you. First, thanks to those of you who completed our small survey last week. We had an incredible response rate which showed an irrefutable desire by our membership to open the pool. Thus, we are moving forward with our plan to open in Phase II, which seems to be in sight. We will announce an opening date soon as it is dependent upon when Fairfax County enters Phase II and when our staff has been trained on our new protocols.
We have received the official Phase II guidance from both the Governor’s office and the Virginia Department of Health. Important to note, the guidance does not allow for recreational swim, or what we’d usually refer to as Open Swim. Also, the baby pool is not permitted to open during Phase II. Per the guidance, pools are limited to structured activity with physical distancing including lap swimming, diving, and other “exercise.” We are hard at work thinking creatively about your summer experience, but also responsibly as to comply with the guidance and maintain the health and safety of our staff and members.
What you can expect when SRA opens: using your MemberSplash account to reserve blocks of time, an orderly and distanced check-in process, frequent cleaning, BYO seating, lap swimming, lap walking, and diving. We will also keep the pavilion, playground, waterslide, and grilling area closed. As with everything this spring and summer, we will be reevaluating frequently.
You may begin to see some of our amazing staff members tidying up the pool grounds over the next two weekends. You may also begin to see signage and demarcation to help with our risk mitigation and social distancing measures.
We will continue to be in touch with you once we build out the schedules, reservation process, health and safety protocols, and maybe even introduce some fun exercise opportunities this summer. Until then, enjoy the sunshine and be well.
Articles of Interest
Coronavirus and Swimming: What You Need to Know - USA Swimming, March 19, 2020
Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order - March 30, 2020
COVID-19 Could Delay Alexandria’s Pool Season - Alexandria Living, April 9, 2020
Dr. Ezike: Swimming Pools Are Not Safe To Use During Coronavirus Pandemic .... - CBS Chicago, April 23, 2020
Italy will Restart Training on May 4th with Guidelines for Safety - Swim Swam, April 27, 2020
The Ways Pools Can Open Safely When COVID-19 Orders Are Lifted - Swimming World Magazine, April 29, 2020
Public Pools vs. Covid-19: Is it Safe to Swim - FOX San Angelo, May, 1, 2020
China Re-Closes Gyms and Pools in Beijing due to Second Wave of Coronavirus - Swim Swam, May 3, 2020
Forward Virginia: Guidelines for Phase One - May 9, 2020
Uncertainty Over Whether NoVA Ready To Reopen With Rest Of State - The Patch, May 10, 2020
Governor Northam Extends Phase Zero Restrictions in Northern Virginia ... - Fairfax County Times, May 13, 2020
For Lifeguards During a Pandemic, the Life They Save Could be Their Own - NBCNews, May 13, 2020
Pools Will Test the Limits of Social Distancing - The Atlantic, May 20, 2020
FCPA Shutters Pool, Water Mine, and Our Special Harbor - Fairfax County Parks Authority, May 20, 2020
Will Public Pools Open in the DC Region? - WAMU, May 21, 2020
Swimming During a Pandemic: What the CDC Wants You to Know Before Hitting the Pool - USA Today, May 21, 2020
How Experts Rate the Risk of 14 Summer Activities - NPR, May 23, 2020
Forward Virginia: Guidelines for Phase Two - June 2, 2020
Aquatic Facilities in Phase II - Virginia Department of Health, June 4, 2020
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