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Amenity Update 5.15.2020
Posted on May 15th, 2020
As summer approaches, we are beginning to get questions about the opening of our community pools, as well as our fitness center.
While the Governor’s orders from earlier this month allowed pools and gyms/fitness centers to reopen, these orders also included new guidelines that raise several liabilities for the Association, and in turn, its residents and Board.
We must create a solution for these in order for the pools and fitness center to open. This includes guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as those imposed by the State of Texas, City of Forney, and Kaufman County.
Per the new orders, we can only permit 25% of total capacity while maintaining social distancing guidelines, as well as providing constant cleaning of high-touch surfaces, in some cases after each use. If these standards are not met, the Association could be forced to close the pools and be fined by local authorities.
As the pool in our community is not actively managed with on-site staff or pool monitors, and the fitness center is not monitored, this presents a challenge for the Association, as this is not an expense that is budgeted for and can be very costly to provide during operating hours.
Understanding the risk associated with COVID-19 and the “new normal” we are faced with, the Board of Directors is working closely with CCMC’s management team and executive leadership team to provide an action plan on what our next steps are. We are also in constant communication with the Association’s attorney, who is providing us further guidance to limit exposure to the Association and its residents.
Our priority is the safety and well-being of those utilizing our amenities. While we cannot predict an opening date for the pools or fitness center at this time, we are working on a plan to do so in a safe manner, while complying with all local, state and national guidelines.
We would like nothing more than to see our residents and families enjoying the amenities; however, we need to do so safely and responsibly.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our interim community manager, Jamie Patterson, CMCA, CCMC Community Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gateway Parks Community Association