Message from the Board President
Almost 300 hundred SCOV residents attended the Special Board meeting on May 21 via video conferencing. Thank you for your participation, comments and questions. Since many residents were not able to participate, I wanted to share with you the highlights of the meeting regarding plans to reopen SCOV facilities. These are my personal comments and are not intended to be official meeting minutes.
Your Board understands that many residents are anxious to have things return to normal in our community. We are all missing our usual activities and social interactions. None of us on the Board could have imagined a global pandemic when we ran for the Board. We are volunteers serving our community and doing the best we can during these challenging times. The Board is trying to balance keeping our residents and employees safe with the wants and desires of many residents to get back to business as usual. Many residents have been sending the Board emails requesting facilities be reopened immediately. We hear your frustration.
SCOV management is tracking CDC, State and County guidelines and advising the Board on procedures we need to have in place before we can safely reopen. So far as we know, COVID-19 has not been reported in our community yet. To keep it that way, the Board and management believe we need to move forward with reopening our facilities in a thoughtful, safe, conservative manner.
To that end, your Board of Directors discussed and voted to approve the following policies and guidelines for reopening our community.
Phase 1—Effective June 1st
Reopen the Library with online reserving of materials and outside pick-up & return. Management and staff will work out the specific details which will be announced on the Website, via TWISCOV and other official means.
Reopen The Views Restaurant to patio and terrace dining only with reservations required. Take-out service will continue.
Reopen the Desert Oasis pool, limiting the number of people and their time in the pool. Again management and staff will work out the specific details which will be announced through normal communication channels.
The Bocce Club can resume play when their submitted safety guidelines are approved by management. The Bocce Club leadership agreed to notify its members and help ensure compliance with safety procedures.
Phase 2—Effective approximately June 15th
Reopen The Views Restaurant for inside dining further reducing the number of tables and ensuring other safety guidelines are in place.
Reopen some clubs who have provided reasonable safety guidelines to management; guidelines may be modified by staff, as needed. Management will notify the clubs in writing as to when they may reopen. Club leadership must help ensure compliance with the safety procedures.
Approximately June 16-20 reopen the AFC pool once repairs are completed. Safety restrictions will be in place. Again management and staff will work out the specific details which will be announced through normal communication channels.
The spa will remain closed until guidelines and safety procedures can be determined.
Phase 3—Effective July 1st
Evaluate how well Phase 1 and 2 openings have worked. Make modification as needed to comply with the latest guidelines from the CDC, the State and the County.
Reopen additional clubs once their proposed safety guidelines have been reviewed, modified, as needed and approved by management. Club leadership must help ensure compliance with the safety procedures.
Reopen the Fitness Center/Gym with safety procedures in place.
Note: Until further notice, guests and non-residents may not use SCOV facilities.
Committees who are scheduled to meet during the summer will continue to do so via video conferencing to comply with open meeting requirements.
Dance Clubs and Exercise groups who wish to organize outdoor dances or exercise classes should send their proposals to the General Manager for approval. Safe social distancing is required.
The Board understands that not everyone will be happy with the decisions made regarding reopening SCOV facilities. When we shut down our facilities back in March, we all agreed we were in uncharted waters and would learn to navigate the best we could. Now that we have a plan to slowly reopen our facilities, we would appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation. This is all about getting us active again; however, doing so in a manner that also considers staff safety and the needs of those in the community who are most vulnerable.
President, SCOV Board of Directors