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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Pool Commission Update - May 11th, 2020

5/11/2020

To Our Loyal Pool Members:

We hope everyone had a special Mother’s Day.  While our summer status is still in limbo, we have been extremely pro-active and will be ready to operate safely once we get the go-ahead.   While there are still many unknowns, we are prepping the logistics to give you a fun and safe summer at the pool!

Governor Murphy has yet to make a decision in regards to Town Pools, but I have been in close contact with his office, even offering them a plan to open amid Covid-19.  I have been educating myself on what needs to be done, and have been involved in weekly zoom meetings with the NJPMA and NJPRA.  I have recently received some guidance from the CDC in regards to opening public aquatic venues, which is favorable news.  I am also in constant communication with our Mayor and Council, Safety Officials, and Health Department.  I, along with the Pool Commission, want to give you a safe summer at the pool, but we may have to adapt a few things for the year.

We anticipate the Governor will make a decision soon, and due to his extended restrictions, and the time needed to prepare the facilities and train the staff, we still remain hopeful to open in early July.   Again, things can change depending on what the Governor decides, but that is our optimistic aiming point.  We do plan to tack on days in September to make up for ones that are lost.

Though nothing is set in stone, here are some examples of what may need to happen in order for us to operate due to social distancing and other new regulations:

  • Lower Max Occupancy by 50%
  • No group swim lessons
  • Uncertain on private lessons
  • No Fab Fridays/Late night swims
  • Time Blocks/Shifts (10-12p, 1-4p, 5-7p)
  • Allows every family a chance to attend the pool once per day
  • Helps with spreading people out
  • Gives us the opportunity to sanitize everything
  • No lap swimming during middle block to maximize pool space
  • No guests allowed on weekends/holidays
  • Require a waiver or lab test results per family
  • Temperature testing upon entry
  • No new non-resident members

Since we may have to make modifications to our policies, we have temporarily shut down Community Pass.  We want to be transparent and don’t want you to register if you are not comfortable.  Once we get some good news, Community Pass will be reactivated and the Early Bird will be extended to July 1st.

We will continue to provide accurate information as efficiently as possible.  Please know we are just as eager for Summer 2020 as you are.  We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times and hope to see you soon.

Thanks and stay safe!

Gary Bach, Director

Ramsey Pool Commission (Kathleen Hewitt, Ed Jost, Hilary Meyer, Mary Ann Mauer, Susy Suarez, Kate Hoffman)

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