We hope this message finds all of you well and in good spirits during these very challenging times. By now you are certainly aware of the steps being taken across our area to mitigate and hopefully minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Without question, our primary concern is the health and safety of our members/guests, their families, and, of course, our community. We have had several questions regarding the status of the pool opening this summer and wanted to address the plan as it stands today, knowing that we are seeing fluid changes every day and will continue to update you.
We have been in close contact with our pool management team, Lighthouse, as we are quickly approaching the summer season. The decision to open the pool or not will be dictated by some combination of state and local officials. In addition to COVID-19 considerations, all pools still must pass a Montgomery County Health Department inspection prior to opening. With that said, and the given amount of time (4-6 weeks) it takes to prepare the pool, Lighthouse has proceeded with pre-season work to enable us to open as soon as allowed.
This work requires incurring a certain amount of cost, in addition to the cost to maintain the pool, whether we are able to use it or not. The board has been working on contingency planning and reviewing our annual fixed expenses versus variable expenses if we don’t open. Our largest variable expense is lifeguard hours which will be dependent on when we open.
In addition, all Georgetown Prep tennis lessons and classes have been suspended and the tennis courts closed for use during the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.
We recognize that this pandemic is creating challenges for many of us and these are not easy times, however, we want North Chevy Chase Pool to be ready to host families in the event that we are able to open. We will continue to keep you updated and look forward to the day we can all gather again and enjoy our community and its resources. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the time with your family.