We have now been opened for 2 weeks under the phase 3 guidelines from the Governor and the plan of action we (the Board) put into place. Based on our observations and the feedback we received from members and guards, we believe it has been working pretty well, overall. That is not to say, there have not been a few issues. Nevertheless, after 2 weeks of operation we are able to evaluate the things we should leave alone and tweak those things that could be a little better. Therefore in our ongoing attempt to navigate the operation of the pool through the Coronavirus challenges, we have determined the following (for now):
- We all need to remind our children (this includes teenagers) that they should be social distancing while they are at the pool.
- We all need to continue to wear masks while entering the pool and using the bath house.
- More chairs need to be provided at the tables and the area for picnic blankets is to be maintained.
- Families have had plenty of opportunities to sign-up for their 3 sessions per week and additional sessions the day of; however, the mid-day sessions tend to be more crowded and uncomfortable. Therefore, we have reduced the maximum number of people at the pool to 100 per session.
- We (the Board) will continue to react to properly reported Coronavirus incidents; however, we will not react to rumors.
- If we receive a report of someone being at the pool that has tested positive for the Coronavirus, we will shut down for cleaning if that person has been at the pool in the last 3 days. If it is over 3 days, we will not close for additional cleaning realizing that because of our standard operating procedure we would have already cleaned 12 times since the last time they were at the pool.
- If we receive a report of someone being at the pool has tested positive for the Coronavirus, we will notify the Health Department and send a notification to the membership alerting them of the last day that person was at the pool (please see below). We will not (because it is against privacy laws) inform the membership of any specifics about this person (member, guard, coach, other employee from NV Pools, etc.). We also can not notify the membership of the exact time slot of when they were at the pool. Please do not send emails requesting this information.
- We will not close down anymore if someone at the pool was exposed to someone with the Coronavirus, but does not have the Coronavirus themselves.
Notice in the event someone with the Coronavirus has been at the pool:
We want to make you aware that an individual having visited the pool has tested positive for COVID-19 and was last at the pool on MM/DD/YY. We are in contact with the individual, who is now in self-quarantine. We are also working directly with NV Pools and the Fairfax County Health Department to make sure all appropriate actions and precautions are taken to protect the health of our members and guards.
We realize this is unsettling news and want to assure you that consistent with our protocol, the pool has been cleaned after each swimming session, this amounts to ## cleanings since the person with the Coronavirus last attended our pool.
We will continue our heightened environmental cleaning regimen in accordance with CDC recommendations, including routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces. We advise everyone to continue their personal regimens related to reducing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
As a reminder, if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms please stay home. In addition please note:
- Masks are required as you enter/exit the pool and while you are using the restrooms. They will not be required while you are on deck, but please be considerate of others who may be more concerned than you may be.
- Practice appropriate social distancing on both the pool deck and while in the pool. The virus is transferred via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Therefore, be sure to practice social distancing, which is allowing a minimum of 6’ between you and another person.
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. If washing is unavailable use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze or use your arm.
- If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms, stay at home, call your doctor, and don’t risk exposing others to illness. Staying home prevents the spread of the virus and minimizes exposing others.
Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work together to promote the health and well-being of our community. Please take care of yourself, your family, and each other.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the board via email at: email@example.com.