As Northern Virginia begins to lift restrictions, the TOMCA Board of Directors has been carefully considering whether or not to open the association’s amenities. Here is a breakdown of what to expect regarding the pool, tennis courts, and other association amenities:
Tennis Courts – Open! Please remember to observe current social distancing requirements and CDC recommendations at all times when on the courts.
Pool – Closed. Under Virginia Phase Two, outdoor pools may be open for lap swimming, diving, exercise, and instruction only and must be limited to no more than three persons per lane with ten feet of physical distance per swimmer. There will also be additional restrictions such as no pool furniture, personal property, or people hanging around on the deck. Cleaning and screening requirements would mean additional personnel would need to be hired to wipe down surfaces after each use and to monitor compliance of social distancing of 10 feet at all times.
Finally, the pool company has advised that it is unlikely guards will be available because international applicants are not yet able to enter the country. So far, any local candidates are few and far between and have not been trained in new safety procedures due to the pool restrictions listed above.
The pool company offered a maintenance only contract for the remainder of the season, meaning the water quality will be maintained to preserve the white coating of the pool and prevent bacterial growth. Given all of the current and continuing restrictions, the Board made the very hard decision to keep the pool closed this summer, and the pool contract will be transitioned to maintenance only.
Community Building – Closed.
Playgrounds – Closed.
The board will continue to notify the community of any changes to amenity access based on changes in governmental regulations and CDC guidelines.Thank you all for your anticipated cooperation and please take measures to keep your families safe.