Summer 2020 Pool Operation
Your Board of Directors met with Operations Manager Dan Mullins and Barb Buckley, who is in charge of our summer gate guards, on May 18th to discuss the State of Ohio guidelines for public pools. Although we live in a private lake community, our pools are regulated by these guidelines as well as those of the Ashtabula County Department of Health.
We understand how important being able to use our swimming pools is to our Members, especially after all of these weeks of dealing with COVID-19. Because of this pandemic, we will need to implement several changes to our pool operation for the summer of 2020.
First of all, only Members in good standing of the RomeRock Association will be admitted to the pool area. All Members will need to provide the gate guard with either a membership card or picture of one on their phone. Unfortunately, because we are required to limit the number of people in the pool area, members will not be able to bring guests to the pool this summer. There is also the concern that bringing non residents to the pool will increase the risk of transmission of the virus to others.
There will be no chairs or lounge chairs in the pool area. Members who wish to have a chair will need to bring it with them and take it home when they leave. The pool area will be marked with social distancing tape lines every six feet. We ask that only family members from the same household congregate in one area and groups keep the six foot distancing guideline between them.
Our gate guards will be wearing face coverings to protect others and it is recommended that when residents come in contact with our employees, they also wear a face covering to protect the employee as well. We understand that coverings are impractical in the pool area but we are trying to follow the guidelines as closely as possible and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Other changes include a reservation system that will be implemented on weekends. Members can sign up for a two hour time slot with the gate guard on the day before they plan to come. If numbers indicate that the pool will not reach maximum capacity, the two hour time limit will not be enforced. There will, however, be 15 minute breaks called the last 15 minutes of every two hour block to enable our employees to sanitize the area.
Bathrooms will also be sanitized every two hours and we ask that anyone using the bathroom use the hand sanitizer provided before re-entering the pool area.
Pool hours will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The exercise class will be from 9 to 10 a.m. before pool hours. Finally the concession stand will not operate this summer. Please bring your own snacks and drinks, which can be consumed at the picnic tables outside the pool area. Picnic tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing under the pavilion areas and on the grass area.
We realize this is a lot of information and we will be repeating it throughout the summer. We will also have copies available at the gates to both pools, which we hope to have open the first weekend in June. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we are all learning to deal with this unprecedented situation. Please know that these rules are being implemented because they are mandated by the state and health department. If we do not follow them, we may be forced to close our pools.