As the COVID infection rate in southern Arizona has declined, and GVR members have become more accustomed to the new habits of mask-wearing and social distancing, GVR’s confidence in reopening has increased. Barring a significant change in those trends, GVR intends to reopen as fully as regulations and social distancing allow, by January 1, 2021.
WEAR MASKS, COVERING YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH
THE GVR MASK RULE, RESTATED:
- Masks do not replace social distancing. Both are expected.
- At all centers, in all areas, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth unless you are playing ball on a court, exercising in a fitness class, or engaged in a water exercise that will naturally result in a wet mask. If your water exercise will naturally result in a wet mask, take it off. Otherwise, wear one. Sometimes, this means starting a water workout without a mask (doing a few laps with a kick board) and then putting one on (to do some water walking.)
- Exemptions are few and limited to outdoor areas. Those who are under age five, medically unable, or communicating with a person who reads lips, may forego the mask only when outdoors.
- No exemptions are permitted indoors*. All members must wear masks properly (covering nose and mouth) at all times, no exceptions*, when indoors. People who cannot wear a mask, cannot enter a GVR building—not even to use the restroom. *While on the Canoa Ranch pool deck, apply rule B.
Fitness center users may want to bring multiple masks and change them out as they get sweaty. Masks must be properly worn in the fitness centers, at all times, per the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Face Shields are not masks and are not substitutes for masks. Members who qualify as exempt from the outdoor mask rule may wear a face shield if they like, but should know that per the CDC, shields do not provide adequate protection from the coronavirus. All members who do not qualify for an exemption must wear cloth or surgical masks covering their nose and mouth. Again, there are no exceptions indoors. Even if you qualify for an exemption while outdoors, you must don a mask (not just a shield) to go indoors.
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|Pool (Max. Capacity)
For all currently open pools except West Center:
Member family swim: 11:00am-1:00pm & 4:00pm-6:00pm
For West Center:
Member family swim: Noon-6:00pm, seven days a week
|Water Aerobics||Click HERE for details|
|Abrego North (Max. 23): Lap exercise, unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Abrego South (Max. 18): Lap exercise and unstructured use.||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Canoa Hills (Max. 29): Lap exercise, unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Canoa Ranch (Max. 25): Lap exercise, unstructured use||5:30am-7:00pm|
|Casa Paloma I (Max. 16): Lap exercise and unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Casa Paloma II (Max. 13): Good for lap swim and unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Continental Vistas (Max. 13): Lap exercise, limited opportunities for unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Desert Hills (Max. 25): Lap exercise. Some unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Las Campanas (Max. 29): Lap exercise, unstructured use||5:30am-7:00pm
7:00am-7:00pm Thursdays (delayed opening for cleaning)
|Madera Vista (Max. 11): Unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Santa Rita Springs (Max. 29): Lap exercise, some unstructured use||5:30am-6:00pm|
|West Center (Max. 27): Lap exercise. Limited unstructured use||See Below|
Fitness Reservations are available at the Canoa Ranch and Las Campanas Fitness Centers!
You may now reserve a 1-hour exercise time slot for the following day, 24 hours in advance.
(Example: If I wish to exercise during any vacant 1-hour exercise time slot on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, I will be able to make my reservation as early as Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 using the SignUp.com tab BELOW)
NOTE: YOU CANNOT MAKE A RESERVATION UNTIL 24-HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR DESIRED EXERCISE TIME.
New regulations from the Arizona Department of Health Services will be in effect. Click HERE to read the full bulletin about what that means for members.
|Canoa Hills Tennis: 2 courts||6:00am-dusk|
|Canoa Ranch Pickleball: 4 courts||7:00am-dusk|
|Desert Hills Tennis: 4 courts||6:00am-dusk|
|East Center Tennis: 2 courts
Pickleball courts (8)
6:00am-8:45pm (lighted courts)
|Las Campanas Tennis: 2 courts||6:00am-dusk|
|Madera Vista Tennis: 1 court (1 lighted)||6:00am-8:45pm|
|Pickleball Center Pickleball: 24 courts||6:00am-dusk|
|West Center Tennis: 6 courts (4 lighted)||6:00am-8:45pm|
OTHER ACTIVITIES – 7 Days/Week
|Basketball||Canoa Ranch||5:30am-6:00pm||SEE BELOW|
|Bocce||Canoa Hills||5:30am-6:00pm||Bring your own bocce set|
|Currently Active Clubs||varies||See active clubs here|
|Casa Paloma I||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Movies||West Center||varies||See movie listings here|
|Outdoor Fitness Classes||See Classes|
|Sand Volleyball||Abrego South||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Casa Paloma I||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Casa Paloma II||5:30am-6:00pm|
|Table Tennis||Canoa Hills auditorium||6:00am-6:00pm||Club Priority Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 6:00am-1:00pm|
|Water Volleyball||Abrego South||9:00am-11:00am||Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday|
GVR IS OPENING AT A GRADUAL AND CONSIDERED PACE
The health and safety of members and staff is GVR’s top priority. All decisions about facility access are being made with that priority in mind, in consultation with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and the Pima County Health Department (PCHD). Staff are networking with other active adult communities so we can learn and benefit from one another’s experiences and ideas.
Click to Visit the Resources Below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Covid-19
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Covid-19 data dashboard
ADHS requirements for opening gyms
ADHS benchmarks by county (to reopen fitness centers)
Pima County Department of Health, Covid-19
Pima County Ready for You program
The Arizona Department of Health Services states that people over age 65 or with serious underlying health conditions should avoid using pools and fitness centers at this time.
What to expect:
Masks will be required indoors (no exemptions). Masks are required outdoors except when swimming (head-in-water) or vigorously exercising (playing tennis, pickleball, or volleyball). Exemptions as listed in the Pima County mask ordinance, Section 2, “Exempt Persons” apply outdoors.
Social distancing (at least six feet) is also required aside from brief moments of passing in lanes, and passageways.
All staff you encounter will have undergone symptom screening at the beginning of their shift.
Occupancy limits in pools and fitness rooms have been sharply reduced. HOWEVER, required social distancing (6 feet between people who do not live together), even when wearing a mask, is the higher priority. If required social distancing is not possible for the activity you prefer, you must change your plan or wait to enter the facility until someone leaves. It does not matter if the posted occupancy limit has not been met.
Guests are not permitted in any facilities at this time. Tenants, Additional Cardholders and Resident Youth Cardholders ARE permitted.
If you feel ill, stay home. If you have been in close contact with a person with an un-diagnosed respiratory illness or a known case of COVID-19, stay home for two weeks after your exposure. Members who appear to be ill will be asked to leave.
Restrooms will be available. Showers and lockers will NOT be available. Please arrive ready to exercise.
Drinking fountains and ice machines will NOT be available. BRING ALL THE WATER YOU USUALLY NEED FOR YOUR EXERCISE SESSION.
Pool noodles and life jackets will NOT be available. Members may bring their own, but may not share equipment with people they do not live with.
Group water aerobics and water volleyball are not available at this time.
Maximum two swimmers/walkers per lane; entering and exiting only while the other swimmer/walker is at the opposite end of the pool.
Congregating or lounging on pool decks is not permitted. Members may briefly linger on the deck to dry off, if no other swimmers are waiting to enter the area.
Please note the time when you enter the pool deck. Limiting your visit to one hour.
Q: Why is this reopening going so slow?
A: We have been directed to take it slow…
While Governor Ducey has permitted many of GVR’s facilities to reopen, he did not give the “all clear” signal. He explicitly directed businesses to open CAREFULLY, and to ensure that every feasible measure is taken to reduce the risk of COVID to staff and “customers” (members), and to ensure that members behave in ways that minimize the risk. He framed this as our patriotic duty because if an outbreak is traced to a pool or gym or meeting facility at GVR, it will have implications for all pools, gyms, or meeting facilities in the county or state. There is nothing preventing the county supervisors or governor from resuming lockdowns if they deem it necessary. Lockdowns are obviously very hard on the economy, locally and nationally. GVR agrees with Governor Ducey on this matter and we are taking our responsibility to the community seriously.
Green Valley has been fortunate to escape the higher infection rates of larger communities. It is likely that this fortune is the result of GVR and other gathering places shutting down in March. We do not want hastiness to cause a tragic reversal in this trend.
Q: How is GVR selecting the facilities that are reopening?
A: First, we are consulting the information provided by various health authorities, and listening to our peers who have reopened. This research led to an initial focus on outdoor activities. As of August 26, all pools and ball courts that are not closed for maintenance or repair are operational.
Fitness centers: The requirements are challenging (https://www.gvrec.org/up/news-info/coronavirus/indoor-gyms-fitness-centers.pdf). When permitted to do so, GVR will start by opening one of the larger gyms (Las Campanas or Canoa Ranch) to test the waters and get a sense of member interest in masked workouts.
Studio spaces vary in the challenges they present. Dedicated space clubs have been working with staff to develop adapted protocols. Clubs with spaces that are most compatible with social distancing are likely to be among the first to reopen. Based on what we learn during those early trials, we will be able to project reopening dates for other clubs. Some clubs feel their space or the nature of their activity presents too great a risk and are not pursuing reopening.
Q: Does GVR expect to be back to normal when the snowbirds return?
A: There’s no point in sugar-coating it. The answer is no, we don’t. Experts agree that until an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID/SARS-CoV-2 is developed, manufactured, and distributed or administered to a majority of the population, life as we knew it before this pandemic is unlikely to resume. While rapid progress is reported in those arenas, it seems safe to say that the solutions will not be in place by this coming winter. Social distancing, rigorous and frequent hand-washing, sanitizing shared surfaces and items after each use, and wearing masks are a part of life for the foreseeable future. These requirements will have a significant impact on how GVR operates facilities. Furthermore, precautions do not eliminate risk. Staff will continue to fall ill with COVID, or be exposed to it and require quarantine, further affecting operations. We hope to open in a modified fashion, every facility that can be reasonably offered, by the time the snowbirds return. But we will not make haste when the waste could be the health of our friends and neighbors.
Q: Will GVR issue refunds for the closure period?
A: Under the Arizona Non-Profit Corporation Act, GVR’s Board of Directors is prohibited from refunding any portion of membership dues to GVR members. The Act states that a nonprofit corporation cannot use any of its funds to make monetary payments to members—including refunding dues payments.
Q: There’s a new Resident Youth Card? Isn’t GVR age-restricted?
No. GVR is not age-restricted. Many neighborhoods in Green Valley are age-restricted, but not all. There are more young and middle-aged people living in Green Valley than folks tend to expect, and many of them rent or own homes with GVR attached to the deed. Some member households include children who are welcome to use facilities if they observe the supervision expectations and age-restrictions that are posted at pools and fitness centers. GVR kids (Resident Youth Cardholders) are welcome to play racket sports, shuffleboard, table tennis, and volleyball. They are welcome to shoot hoops. They are not able to open gates with their cards—they must be accompanied by adults to gain access to areas behind card-activated gates.
Resident children using GVR facilities must carry a Resident Youth ID card. Please email the Membership Department at email@example.com to acquire a Resident Youth ID card.