We strongly encourage you to read all the information posted under the “Summer 2020” tab of our website, including each page of the drop-down menu. This way, you will know what to expect this summer.

 

June 30, 2020

Dear Members,

Well, we’re open!  Thanks to our dedicated Board of Directors, our management company, Lighthouse Pool Management, and our terrific staff for all their work to get us ready and for getting us through the first weekend. We’d now like to provide some updates based on our initial days of being open, and in response to many questions and suggestions received from members.

  

  1. Updated Summary of Pool Operating Protocols – Please review the updated protocols that summarize our operations. We will revisit these protocols every few weeks, as needed, or in light of government guidance while making minor operational tweaks as day-to-day needs dictate. We ask for all members’ help to implement and uphold these protocols.  Thank you!

  2. Capacity – While Prince George’s County’s June 29 announcement that pools may increase the capacity of their ground to 50%, the Maryland Health Department has NOT changed its water capacity formula (based on water square footage). Thus, to avoid overcrowding the grounds that would make distancing more difficult and to minimize lines to get into the water, we will maintain our current capacity limits at least through the July 4th weekend. We will revisit this issue weekly.

  3. July Hours – Our hours until July 6 are 11-9 daily, with weekday morning lap swim from 6-9 am.  From July 6-July 27, the swim team will have weekday practices from 8-10:30 am, so lap swim will return to 6-7:30 am (pool still open 11-9 daily). Later in July, we will announce the schedule for July 27 onward.

  4. Reservations – Thank you for your patience while we transitioned to our new online portal much faster than we had anticipated which allows us to accommodate session reservations.  We will continue to use this portal in the coming years for dues, swim class registration, cashless payments, and more, so please become familiar with it. If you have any questions or difficulties with reservations or the portal, please email chevpoolres@gmail.com or chevpooltreasurer@gmail.com.  Please note the following:

    • For purposes of reservations, we define a week as Monday-Sunday. Members can make reservations on a rolling basis, 7 days in advance (i.e., Monday for the following Sunday, Tuesday to the following Monday, etc.). You may reserve up to three-weekday sessions and one-weekend session. We rely on the honor system, but we are monitoring registrations.

    • If a session you wish to attend is full, please register for the waiting list – you will receive an email if we have cancellations so that you can attend during your desired session.

    • If you know you cannot attend at a time you reserved, please unenroll/cancel your reservation so that those on the waiting list may advance. If you have a problem unenrolling/withdrawing, please email chevpoolres@gmail.com and we will take care of it for you (there can be cancellation challenges with adults and kids on the same reservation – we are working on a fix, but it may take a few weeks).

    • While we have had a few days of full capacity thus far, we've often been able to clear the reservation waiting list, though expect more of a challenge to do so on weekends and holidays. If you are having difficulty making reservations or obtaining time slots, please email chevpoolres@gmail.com.

    • Many members have asked whether they can just arrive at the pool without a reservation to gain admittance if there is open capacity. We are working on this for the future as it will require more technology use at our new outdoor check-in area. Stay tuned for future updates.

  5. Childcare providers and members bringing other members’ children –  As has always been the case and has not changed this year, members who wish a childcare provider who is over 18 to bring their child(ren) to the pool may register their childcare provider and pay the nanny fee ($200) to enable the childcare provider to bring the member child(ren) to the pool. The childcare provider may bring additional child(ren) in their care, as long as they are with the member child(ren), for a fee of $75 per child. To register your childcare provider and pay the fee, visit the portal or email chevpooltreasurer@gmail.com.  Also, members over 18 may bring minor member children of another family. In both cases, please be sure to reserve session spaces for all those who will attend.

  6. Lost and Found – In light of COVID-19, we will keep lost and found items for 24 hours only, in the usual place on the upper deck by the bathroom exits/lifeguard station. We will then dispose of all items after 24 hours.

  7. Inclement weather closures – As in years past, the lifeguard/water operations team will close the water for 30 minutes at the sound of thunder (and each successive sound), and they must clear the entire grounds for 30 minutes at the sight of lightning (and each successive sighting). During lightning storms, members must shelter in their vehicles.  We will do our best to quickly update Facebook and the recorded message on the pool phone number - (301) 773-4814 – with weather closure/reopening updates. While we cannot extend/overlap the sessions due to closures, we will rarely close the pool for an entire day even during inclement weather, so please check those sources to stay ahead of our rapidly changing summer weather!

  8. Reserved lap lane for walkers/aqua joggers – As in years past, we will have one reserved lane for walkers/aqua joggers from 12-4 pm weekdays.  A sign will designate this lane.

  9. OTHER REMINDERS

    • PLEASE NO GLASS AT ANY TIME!!  While we allow members to consume food on the grounds at any time and still have BYOB happy hour every Friday, please do not bring glass onto the pool grounds at any time.

    • Masks required for bathroom trips.  Please wear a mask to the bathroom and at all times on the grounds where you may be close to others (i.e., arrival and departure). Our “check your mask” station at the water access point seems to work well – feel free to save your plastic bag to cut down on waste and write your name on it!

    • Adult swim only during hourly breaks.  Children under 18 must exit the water at the hourly break time (50 minutes after the start of each hour/session).

 

Last but certainly not least, please be kind and patient.  We’re all learning how to adapt our pool – as those who run it and those who attend it – during a pandemic. We welcome constructive criticism and suggestions and ask that members take their individual concerns or challenges directly to the staff on-site (our water operations managers are Matthew Nolan and Steven Stewart) or to the relevant Board member versus airing them on social media.  If you are not sure who should address your inquiry, please call or text me directly (202.459.3843), email me at chevpoolpresident@gmail.com or send a general message to csrpool@gmail.com.   

 

 Thank you, and we’ll see you at the pool!

 

 Nathan Darling

 CSRC President, on behalf of the Board

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Photo Credit: CSRC Board President, Nathan Darling

Cheverly Swim and Racquet Club

5600 Euclid St.

Cheverly, MD 20785

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