Progress Toward a New Normal

Six months into the pandemic it is beginning to feel like the life we enjoyed last year will resume—in a modified fashion, of course—but nevertheless, we are heading back into familiar territory. As of this week, GVR has reopened all available pools and spas (12), all outdoor ball courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, and table tennis. Water aerobics and water volleyball are starting up again and fitness classes are being offered in outdoor spaces, free to members. The fitness centers are gradually reopening under the strict guidelines of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The GVR Live! 2020-2021 performing arts season is scheduled to begin on October 29 with outdoor concerts, and a test-run on reopening an indoor studio is planned for the coming weeks. Arizona is learning how to carry on living with masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer at the ready.

Certified by Pima County as in-compliance with all pandemic guidelines, GVR facilities are as safe and sanitary as possible. GVR staff thanks the membership for doing their part in reducing the infection rate in southern Arizona, and especially in our vulnerable community. Thank you for wearing your masks. Thank you for standing back. Thank you for washing your hands well and often. It has made a difference and we are all beginning to reap the rewards. Continuing with these new practices will allows us to once again enjoy each other’s company.

Coronavirus Update

March 14, 2020, the GVR Board of Directors held an emergency meeting via teleconference to discuss the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Green Valley community, specifically GVR members.

The Board endorsed GVR Management’s decision to close all GVR facilities this evening at 9pm, tentatively reopening on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The health, safety and well-being of GVR members, staff and the greater Green Valley Community is of utmost importance. GVR continues to monitor the latest information from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services as information about COVID-19 continues to evolve.  GVR leadership met over the course of several days pouring over the abundant, ever-changing information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it would affect our high-risk member population. GVR Management has taken a proactive stance in protecting our members and staff from the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. At the close of business March 14, 2020 all GVR facilities and offices closed, tentatively reopening on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

As additional information becomes available, updates will be published on www.gvrec.org and in upcoming e-Blasts. Staff will focus on cleaning, maintenance and critical administrative functions including the work associated with the closures and cancellations.

We respectfully request GVR Members work cooperatively with staff and refrain from visiting GVR facilities during this closure.

At this time, the presidential preference election on Tuesday, March 17, has not been cancelled. Polling places at Casa Paloma 1, Desert Hills and East Center will be open for election activities only.

GVR will promptly distribute communication should this event be cancelled.