Oceanside Cove is excited to learn about the changes that are starting to be made to the pandemic guidelines by the CDC. While mask mandates have been updated by the CDC, please keep in mind that many aspects of the Covid requirements issued by the Nassau County Health Department remain unchanged. When these guidelines change enough for us to change our policies, we will certainly comply and notify all residents.
To clarify the CDC guideliness and how they affect us in Oceanside Cove, because mask guidelines have been eased, without other guideliness relaxing much of how we are currently operating must remain the same.
While the good news is are that things are moving in a positive direction, restrictions on operations have not been lifted by the Health Department. This means that as of now the pool will be opening Memorial Day Weekend, May 29th following last year's guideliness and this restricts opening the Health Club and Clubhouses at this time.
Guidelines are changing fast and they take time to make their way to local government. Just because this is happening today, does not mean it will not change tomorrow. Please check back frequently as we update this information as soon as it can be passed along to you. Please also be mindful when calling the office for updates that Oceanside Cove staff is working in the busiest time of our year to get the pool open, sprinklers on and grounds going for a successful summer season. Any new information is being shared as quickly as we get it!
As always, once new guidelines come out and there is a change to our operation we will send out a notice to shareholders, and post an update here.
The health department guideliness for the pool remain in affect from last year at this time. One of the most wanted answers is "Can we bring guests?" At this time the health department has kept the restriction to residents only. Similar to last year, residents are required to bring a cove issued ID, check in and adhear to social distancing guidelines. Staff is required to close the facility mid day for sanitation.
Reservations for the pool can be made through the phone system during pool operating hours. On Thursday 5/27 and Friday 5/28 we will open the reservation phone lines to give everyone an opportunity to make a reservation for the opening weekend only! After opening weekend reservations must be made on the weekend when the pool is open, either in person or over the phone. Please keep that in mind and plan accordingly to schedule the following weekend while the pool is still open. Once we open full time reservations can be made in person at the pool check in or on the phone system during normal pool hours, weather permitting.
The pool will open 7 days a week begining at the end of June as it always has. Please review the post from April 30 for further detailed clarification of the pool rules and procedures!
At this time the health club and clubhouses remain closed.
Please understand that the protocol and requirements for opening the clubhouse and/or health club are far different than the opening of the pools. While great effort and expense were required to open the outdoor pools, the opening of indoor facilities requires even greater expenditures to be safe and compliant with the current protocols
Aside from the labor and cleaning requirements, there are equipment upgrades for filtration and disinfecting of the air which must take place. Please know that we have been working towards an eventual re-opening. We have met with contractors to determine what exactly is necessary to add to our existing systems, and have placed orders for equipment. Unfortunately, much of the equipment is back-ordered due to the worldwide demand
Additionally, due to the situation with Covid-19 and the current spike in infection rates, the board is unwilling to subject our community, and staff, to unnecessary exposure at this time. It is our hope and expectation that the vaccines, and improved understanding of the virus by the medical professionals, will bring closure to the pandemic and allow us to resume a more normal lifestyle soon.
We are all yearning for the return to normalcy!
Many shareholders are wondering why the health club has not opened yet. The department of health and NYS have put very strict guidelines on opening health clubs. Similar to how they put guidelines on opening the pool, they've put guidelines on gyms/health clubs. The guidelines set forth are significantly stricter than the pool guidelines that were required of us during the summer. The requirements include specific HEPA filtration being installed in our AC/Heating system. This by itself is holding things up as this equipment, like much of the COVID19 equipment is on a severe backorder.
Aside from just the equipment there are other hurdles we're working on as well. The requirements include contact tracing and the 6' spacing of the gym equipment. As you are aware our facility is very small and there are also hurdles in that as well. Similar to the pool the health club opening will be required us to hire staff members to be stationed at the building while the health club is open, signing people in and out of the building and asking them contact tracing questions. We appreciate all your patience and we're working through all these details as quickly as we can. Please check back for updates here. All shareholders will receive a notice as soon as we have an anticipated opening date.
Our priority is to get this open as soon as possible while ensuring all shareholders remain safe while using the facility!