HMSRC will begin its second phase of reopening on Monday, June 15th. We've chosen this date because it allows us to make a smooth transition to Phase Two with the least amount of disruption to our reservations system and our lifeguard staff.
The Board of Directors has reviewed the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County, sought clarification, consulted with our pool management company, and exchanged plans and ideas with other area pools. We've used what we've learned to make decisions about how we'll operate. We've tried to balance providing greater access to the pool with what we can manage and enforce. We may be able to adjust certain elements of this plan, but we are limited in what we can do and still comply with Phase Two guidelines.
Investigators from Fairfax County Health Department will be monitoring community swimming pools for compliance with Phase Two. The public health orders in Phase Two guidelines are enforceable via injunction or by a Class One misdemeanor charge. An injunction could lead to the closure of the Club. Obviously, we do not want the Club to be closed. Our desire is to make the pool accessible to members while we're in Phase Two.
With this in mind, we ask you to take compliance with these rules and procedures seriously. Please read and follow the rules and procedures below and comply with directions given by our lifeguards. The rules and procedures below are considered an addendum to our operating rules. The lifeguards have been instructed by the Board of Directors to inform the Board when members do not follow this guidance or the lifeguards' instructions. If necessary, the Board will take action to ensure compliance. Per our operating rules "failure to comply with any of the rules and regulations may be considered sufficient cause for immediate suspension or cancellation of any or all privileges of membership of the offending member."
You will notice that the changes from Phase One to Phase Two are incremental. Phase Two is not a return to "normal operations" of previous years. Some of what you see below carries over from Phase One and some of it includes new requirements from VDH.
The information above is how HMSRC will operate the pool for general membership during general operating hours in Phase Two. The swim team will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 11:30AM according to separate operating rules provided to swim team members via the swim team representatives. Contact the swim team representatives swim team representatives if you have questions about swim team. If you have questions about the pool procedures or rules above, please contact Pool Operations.
The pool will open tomorrow, Saturday morning May 30th, at 10:00AM. We're now ready for members to sign up for lane reservations to swim during Phase 1. As we've stated before, we will be open for lap swim only, per Virginia guidance.
You must have a reservation to swim. See below for details.
For those coming to the pool, here are some tips and what you should expect:
Ready to make your lane reservations? Here's how.
You can access the reservations page here: https://hmsrc.org/reservations.
The image below is what you will see on the reservations page. You'll need the last name of the billing contact on your Member Splash account, the user name that you use to log into your Member Splash account, and your Account ID number (which appears when you are logged into your Member Splash account).
Once you have logged on, click on the "New Reservations" button. You can then scroll through a list of available reservations. Once you've found the date and time that works for you, click on the "Create Reservations" button. A list of reservations you have created will be available on the page. You may make a maximum of two (2) lane reservations per family per day. A family may have no more than five (5) lane reservations at any one time.
This is our initial attempt to create fair opportunities for all paid members to visit the pool. Please be mindful that we have well over 330 members that might want to take a dip any given day, with a maximum capacity of 228 lane reservations per week.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy the water!
Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club
Fellow Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club Families,
As we approach mid-May, we wanted to share our latest information about opening the pool for the 2020 season. We're following updates and recommendations from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations. We're using this information to help us plan and prepare for opening day. Last week, Governor Northam announced his phased reopening plan. The details of how to execute his plan are still being worked at the state and county levels. Before the Fairfax County Health Department approves our permit to operate the pools, they are expected to give us guidance on additional requirements and limitations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
While we await those details, we're taking steps now to prepare to safely open the pools. I'll hit the highlights up front and provide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with more details toward the end. There's a lot we don't know yet, but we wanted to share the latest information we have so you can make an informed decision for your families.
If you're in the neighborhood, you may have noticed that the pools are full and the pumps are running. Everything is on track to open the pool this summer. Our current timeline, which is subject to further guidance from Fairfax County, is to open the pool after the Governor's Temporary Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 55) expires on June 10, 2020. Based on the latest guidance, Opening Day is tentatively June 11, 2020.
The Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club Board of Directors has pushed back the deadline for 2020 membership dues from May 15, 2020, to May 31, 2020 at 11:59PM EDT. For those who have yet to pay, we hope that the information below and in the FAQs answer several of the questions we know many of you have. Thank you to those who have already paid. If you have yet to pay your membership dues, please pay before the May 31, 2020 deadline to keep your membership in good standing and maintain access to Club facilities.
We have some idea what to expect from state and local authorities. We're already working closely with our pool management company, Crystal Aquatics, to establish procedures and mitigation measures. Crystal provides management services to several clubs in the area and is in communication with the county health officials who approve community pool operations.
Here's what we can expect, at least initially:
We expect to start the season with strict limitations on the number of members allowed at the pool at any given time. We're looking at different ways to limit capacity. When planning how to limit capacity, our goals are:
There are many details to work out, but here's what you could expect:
We hope that the information above helps you understand our plans and what we're doing to prepare to promptly and safely open and operate the pool this summer. We know how much we all want to get outside, enjoy the weather, and enjoy the pool. We encourage you to read through the following FAQs for more important details. Given all the uncertainty, we expect that some of you will have additional questions. At the bottom of the FAQs, you'll see a link to a Zoom meeting I will host with Board members. Feel free to join that call. If you have specific, personal questions, I encourage you to email us.
Thank you for your membership and support of Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club. Stay safe, and I hope to see you soon.
Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club