The Board has spent countless hours the past few months discussing and researching the impact COVID-19 will have on the pool. Looking to the summer, our goal is to make informed decisions and to keep you, our members, informed as well. With that in mind, this is a summary of meeting details. We have also posted a FAQ on the pool website. (provide link or hyperlink)
As many of you know, Governor Hogan opted to move the state into Phase 1 of the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery plan on Friday, May 15. However, he gave local county officials the right to make their own decisions as to when to reopen. As of Thursday, May 14, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich elected to keep Montgomery County in the Stay at Home Order indefinitely.
With that decision, we are sad to announce that the pool will not be opening on Memorial weekend. We all know and love our summers, especially at the NCC pool. And, I’m sure we all wish the situation were different and the answers simple. However, in these unprecedented times we need to look at the bigger picture.
Based on the State’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, pools are not included until Phase 2. We are uncertain when Montgomery County will move to Phase 2 and if/when it does, our primary concern is the health and safety of our community; our children, our families, our seniors, and our lifeguards. The board will continue to follow local/regional trends and wait for guidance from our local government while working closely with the CDC, Montgomery County Health Department and Lighthouse, our pool management company.
When we are given the okay to open, we will work with our members to survey and determine whether it is safe and financially mindful given the changes and protocol that will need to be set in place. You can be assured this is not a decision we will take lightly.
We know this is a challenging time for everyone and we are sure that there are many questions. Please look at our FAQ document for some additional information including what factors will be considered if we get the okay to open, what the pool experience may look like to ensure the safety of everyone, the status of your annual dues, and much more. While there may be questions left unanswered, we are happy to try to address them if we can. However, we appreciate your understanding that this is an ever-changing environment and there is a lot of uncertainty. In the meantime, we are working with all levels of guidance and officials to navigate this situation.
Our pool management company, Lighthouse, is working diligently with us during these times. All pools in the area went through their pre-season steps in hopes of an opening. Our pool specifically benefited from this as it is an older pool (over 50 years). Maintaining the interior of the pool, regular cleaning and sealing of cracks, is part of our yearly maintenance. Lighthouse has completed this work and the pool is ‘on-hold’ until further notice. Their management fee will be adjusted based on when/if we open and how much work they have completed.
We know that no one thought or anticipated on our final doggie dip day last September that we would be in the predicament we are in today. But, we all anxiously await what the summer will hold just as you do. In the meantime, we are employing our social committee to begin exploring other options to engage our members for that fun and eventful summer we have all grown to love.
NCCSPA Pool Board