November 11, 2020
After navigating through many challenges over the past seven months, we are so happy to share that the pool will be ready to reopen starting the week of November 16th. This will be a phased in approach as we continue to monitor local health data. As such, and due to the limitations of our facility, we will continue to freeze pool and fitness memberships. During this initial reopening phase, fees will be based on usage; $5 for members (individuals who had an active membership as of March 30, 2020) and $7 for non-members. For individuals who have pre-paid annual memberships, please contact the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 583-2072 ext. 113.
The reopening of our swimming pool may look a little different than how the Club was operating prior to the closure. The Club is following the health and safety standards outlined by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure all visitors and staff are safe.
Here is a list of some of the TERMS & CONDITIONS that members and visitors will need to adhere to:
- All members and visitors must complete an online health attestation form prior to arriving (but no more than 12 hours in advance). The link can be accessed here.
- Showers are only to be used to rinse prior to swimming.
- Lockers will not be available for use. Belongings must be brought out to the pool area.
- To enable proper social distancing, only 4 members will be allowed in the locker room at a time. We ask that members arrive with bathing suit already on to limit time spent in the locker rooms.
- Water fountains are not to be used. Members/visitors must bring their own water.
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required for all individuals and applies to deck areas, bathroom, locker rooms, and wading area. No one should congregate in the water or on the pool deck.
Regarding swimming pool operations, below is what can be expected:
- The pool will have all 6 lanes open for lap swim.
- Designated times will be set in 1 hour increments for member use.
- 1 member/visitor per lane or a max of 3 individuals if from the same household. Members/guests should be prepared to show proof of same residence.
- Members/visitors may only reserve one lane per session.
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September 16, 2020
The Club has been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. As we work on our recovery and reopening, there are many factors that need to be assessed including significant health and safety measures that require the Club to shift and in some cases, redesign a new norm for operating.
While this planning and redesigning process takes time, we are as anxious as you are to reopen our doors. In the meantime, we have created an FAQ below to help our community stay up-to-date on the process. As this COVID-19 health emergency remains fluid, this FAQ will be updated as needed.
- Why are other fitness centers and pools open but the Club is not?
- The Club is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Up until the beginning of September, EEC regulations prohibited individuals other than Club staff, registered youth members and emergency personnel to be on premises. EEC regulations were recently updated to include allowing non-essential visitors on premises but not allowing them to share or enter any child care space. While this update offers more flexibility, the Club needs to reconfigure the space to prevent sharing of entryways, hallways and stairwells.
- How are other organizations such as the YMCA able to reopen to serve both children and adults but the Club is not?
- While we cannot speak for other organizations, we recognize the layout of the Club is unique and different from other organizations. Our fitness room is located right alongside several youth program spaces which creates the challenge of shared hallways and exposure between children and non-essential guests. We are exploring options to address this challenge and actively fundraising to support this effort.
- If there are conflicts with the child care programs, can the fitness room and/or pool be open during days/hours that the child care programs are not operating?
- We are exploring this as an option but there are two main challenges to overcome:
- State mandates require fitness facilities to space equipment 14 feet apart. This poses a significant challenge as our fitness room is only 1,200 sq. ft. and would require us to block off much of the equipment.
- In addition to the physical constraints, there are significant reopening costs that the Club needs to consider. The Club has been committed to being as accessible as possible to our community and thus has historically subsidized membership fees to cover the true costs of operating our fitness and aquatics programs. Due to the pandemic, operating costs have risen while the Club’s fundraising efforts have been impacted. The Club is thinking outside the box and redesigning our program infrastructure to ensure its sustainability.
- What actions has the Club taken thus far to prepare for reopening?
- The Club is actively monitoring state mandates as well as the health and safety guidelines for all of our programs. We also leveraged the closure to drain the pool, do a complete acid wash and make some necessary tile repairs. This project was just completed at the end of August.
- What are the Club’s current priorities and concerns about reopening?
- The reopening of all of our programs is done safely with all our members and staff in mind.
- In addition to fundraising, the pool is actively going through a recertification process with the local health department. This is a requirement before we are able to reopen.
- The community, like many across the Commonwealth are adapting to a new school year with remote learning. This change presented a significant challenge for many working families who are not able to stay home to facilitate learning with their child. The Club made a decision to step up and create a Remote Learning Support Program to provide a safe place for children to go on their remote learning days and enable parents to return to work. This was and continues to be a large undertaking but we felt was necessary and beneficial to families in addition to our community at-large.
- When does the Club anticipate reopening for fitness and/or aquatics?
- While we do not have a definitive date to announce, we are diligently working on removing the barriers that are keeping these programs closed. We anticipate reopening the pool first and hope for an early fall welcoming date. We truly regret not being able to be more specific.
- We will be sharing updates on our website and Facebook page and we will also contact current members individually when a more concrete date is determined.
Pool Fitness Class Schedule
Adult and Open Swim Cost:
Adults (18+): $ 5.00 per person
Children (2+): $3.00 per person
*SUNDAY SPECIAL* All Resident Swimmers: $1.00
OPEN SWIM: All Ages: Section of the pool made for swimmers.
LAP SWIM: 18+ only: Lanes designated for lap swimmers.
Pool Rules and Regulations
- Swimming is only permitted when the facility is open and lifeguards are on duty.
- All persons must shower with water before entering the pool.
- Personal flotation devices must be Coast Guard approved and used with an adult swimmer within arms length of the swimmer.
- Infants and persons without bowel control must wear specially designed swim diapers
- Urinating, spitting, blowing the nose, spouting of water, or depositing foreign matter into the pool is prohibited.
- Boisterous or rough play, shoulder rides, dunking, and running is prohibited.
- No jumping or diving is permitted from anywhere in the pool or off the pool deck.
- Playing or hanging on lane lines and safety buoys is not permitted.
- No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
- Use of the pool shall be prohibited during an electrical storm.
- Abusive or profane language will not be tolerated. Swimmers using offensive language, tones, or gestures will lose their swimming privileges.
- Staff is not responsible for valuables. You are encouraged to bring a lock to secure your personal items in a locker. Locks must be removed daily, if left overnight they will be removed.
- Anyone under the age 12 must take a swim test.
- It is mandatory that all children under the age of 12 wear a level identification band.
- No food or drink in pool area.
- All training equipment including kickboards, buoys, gloves, etc. are to be used only by adults or during supervised instruction.
- Swim suit and towel are required in order to swim. No shorts and/or tee shirts will be permitted.
- Any child 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Any child under the age 6 must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Parent must remain within arms reach.
- No cell phone use in locker rooms.
Patrons must obey and respect the lifeguards at all times. All rules must be followed. In case of violation of any of these rules, patrons will be asked to leave the pool.