COVID-19 Update - 5/11/20
Hello fellow members,
I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe out there. And a big thank you to all the Mountaire members that are essential workers and healthcare providers for your continued dedication and service during these trying times!
We wanted to send everyone an update regarding our 2020 Swim season. Sweetwater Pool Management has provided an update with information from the State of Georgia & the CDC regarding the upcoming Pool season. There was a lot of good information that I wanted to pass along.
The Mountaire board is expecting a swim season this summer, but it will look different than in years past. The cover was removed from the pool recently and we are working with Sweetwater to follow all the procedures necessary to open the pool hopefully in early June. However, the exact opening date is going to be subject to further Coronavirus procedures from the state of GA and Fulton County.
Fulton County is holding our pool opening permit and we CANNOT open without a permit. Once the Governor gives the OK, Fulton County should release the permit quickly. This impacts the lifeguard community as well, as they are unable to go through their required training since pool work at Mountaire. We will let everyone know as soon as we can safely open the pool for 2020.
As mentioned last month, COVID-19 cannot live in chlorinated water. The concern about community pools is not the water but the close contact between members, in and out of the water and on common-touch surfaces around the pool. The rule of thumb that the CDC representative said is, “If you can touch someone who does not live in your household with a pool noodle, you are too close.” This social distancing is something we will have to abide by when the pool opens, the new process and rules that are being formed by the Board and our management company and will be communicated to everyone before we open.
As plans continue to develop we will be looking at our budget for the season. While some costs will go down (shorter season with less lifeguard hours) others will be added with additional cleaning supplies and services. We also replaced the heater before the COVID-19 pandemic came into effect.
We will continue to update everyone later this month as we progress. The pool is such a vital part of our community and we're all anxiously waiting for it to open! As a friendly reminder the summer swim team has been cancelled and you can find updates at their website https://mountairebarracudas.swimtopia.com/.