Center Members: May 17, 2020 Update

Dear Rockville Center Members,

Just wanted to bring you up to speed on where we are with opening the pool.  This is a long email, but please take a few minutes to read.

The pool will be closed to members during Phase 1. Details and the link to Virginia’s guidelines are below.

The pool will open to member once the state moves into Phase 2.  We expect this to be around June 1, but we cannot confirm that date until official word comes from the governor.  Initially, we will maintain our usual abbreviated “before school is out” hours.  Those hours are listed below.  These shorter hours will allow us to make sure we are following all cleaning and safety requirements.  Hours will be adjusted as we become confident in our ability to keep you safe and depending on membership levels.

Remember, none of us have been through this before, so we are proceeding with caution.  Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe.

In the meantime, you will see activity at the pool.  NOVA Aquatics approached the Center last month to inquire about using our facilities for practices.  After careful consideration and weighing the financial impact Covid-19 is taking on the Center, we are allowing NOVA to use our pool for practice during Phase 1.  They are following the state’s guidelines, specifically “Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only, with one person per lane.”

This agreement is saving us several thousand dollars in chemicals and many hours of work as NOVA took the lead in prepping the pool for use this year.  This is a week to week agreement and will be modified when we are able to use the pool ourselves.

A separate email just went out to swim team members about the season.  If you are not currently a member of swim team, but are considering it this season, please reply back here so we can add you to swim team distribution.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.  We are all looking forward to getting back in the pool again.

In the meantime, don’t forget we have kid’s exercise classes on Mondays and Thursday starting at 4:00 p.m. Classes are 4-4:30 for elementary aged kids and 4:30-5:15 for high school aged kids.  This is a great way to get your kids moving.

Thank you!

The Rockville Center Board

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/#856436

Fitness and Exercise Facilities

Phase I: Establishments must remain closed in Phase I. Establishments may offer limited outdoor fitness and exercise operations.

Mandatory Requirements

Hot tubs, spas, splash pads, spray pools, interactive play features, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and all seating in pool areas must be closed. Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming only, with one person per lane. Indoor swimming pools and related areas must remain closed.

Before School is Out Hours:

Friday: 4pm to 9pm

Mon-Thurs: 4pm to 8pm

Saturday: 10am to 8pm

Sunday: 12pm to 8pm

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