Masks Required at GVR
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Through the summer, adaptations to the usual program were initiated, tested, and amended. They are now feeling familiar and manageable to the year-round residents, but they do require ongoing patience, accommodation, and generosity of spirit. GVR is determined to continue finding safe ways for members to enjoy the facilities and each other’s company. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the weekly e-newsletter, please do so now (HERE), to stay abreast of changes and new offerings.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
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.
Amenities, centers, or the entire campus may be affected by further activity reductions, including closure, depending on the rate of Covid-19 transmission in the community and the resulting guidance offered by public health authorities.
Occupancy limits have been reduced in all indoor spaces, pools, and spas.
Masks are required indoors. No mask: no entry. No exceptions. Masks must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.
Masks are required outdoors except for people who are:
Under age five
Actively playing ball on a court
Engaged in water exercise that will naturally result in a wet mask
Communicating with someone who must read lips
Face shields are not adequate substitutes for masks. Members who are exempt from wearing masks outdoors may choose to wear a face shield if they wish.
Social distancing (at least six feet) is also required, indoors and out, aside from brief moments of passing in lanes and passageways. Even if the occupancy limit of a space has not been reached, if a member’s preferred activity cannot be pursued with continuous social distancing, the member must wait until others leave the area.
No one may enter or use a GVR facility if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or flu-like illnesses. Members who appear to be ill will be asked to leave. If a member has had close contact with a person who develops flu-like symptoms, we ask that member to refrain from coming to GVR facilities until they have consulted a physician.
All staff are screened for symptoms at the beginning of their shift.
Staff will sanitize high-touch surfaces frequently. You will likely observe this work. Some disinfecting solutions are designed to dry on surfaces and will therefore not be wiped or rinsed off. Once dry, these surfaces are safe for skin contact.
Reservations are required to use the fitness centers. As snowbirds arrive, demand for other facilities (lap lanes, for example) may increase and GVR may require reservations for their use.
Guests are not permitted in any facilities at this time. Tenants, Additional Cardholders, and Resident Youth Cardholders are permitted.
Showers and lockers are not available. Please arrive ready to exercise.
Drinking fountains and ice machines are not available. Bring all the water you expect to need.
Pool noodles and life jackets are not available. Members may bring their own, but may not share equipment with people they do not live with.
Water aerobics is happening on a limited basis and lap lanes/spas remain open during water aerobics sessions. Given reduced occupancy of the pool decks, GVR is attempting to maintain access for all pool users. Consider limiting your water aerobics participation to once or twice a week to provide others the opportunity for the same frequency.
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.
Pool use (total time on the pool deck) may be limited to one hour as snowbirds return.
Inside the centers, select rooms will be pre-set with furniture that members are not permitted to move. GVR staff will spend their time sanitizing surfaces instead of resetting meeting spaces.
Classes, lectures, and meetings will occur, but perhaps not in the location or at the time you might be used to, and the configuration of the furniture may be new to you. Occupancy limits will be reduced in order to maintain social distancing and to abide by the Governor’s limit of 50 people in any organized assembly.
Socials are not being scheduled at this time.
Food is not currently permitted inside the centers. Members are expected to remain properly masked at all times when indoors. Water and coffee service has been suspended, but groups are welcome to bring boxed coffee (Starbucks) and are encouraged to carry water bottles. Briefly lowering a mask to drink is OK.
Only those activities that are compatible with social distancing are currently permitted.
Some clubs have resumed activity. Some have declined to do so as they cannot envision a safe scenario. Others are preparing to resume. Please contact your club’s president if you have questions about when or if your club plans to reopen.
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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|
Canoa Ranch and Las Campanas fitness centers are open seven days a week from 6:00am to 7:00pm. East Center is open from 7:30am to 2:30pm. Members may use fitness centers by RESERVATION ONLY. Click HERE to make a reservation and review protocols.
|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|
|Basketball||Canoa Ranch||5:30am-6:00pm||SEE BELOW|
|Billiards||Desert Hills, West Center||Hours vary||Click HERE for details|
|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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to acquire a Resident Youth ID card.