Bill Barnard, General Manager
During this time of unprecedented crisis in our world, my goal has been to try and stay in regular communication with you all. Changes are happening on a daily basis. The circumstances we are facing are that which we could not have imagined, and the uncertainty that we are facing is adding more anxiety to an already stressful situation. I want you to know that the operations team is doing everything we can to continue to offer the services that we can and are even coming up with new offerings born out of necessity. Some of the things that we are really proud of are the Food & Beverage team’s Groceries to Go and takeout food services. In addition, our fitness team has allowed access to WellBeats online and the Activities Office has offered a virtual cinema program.
Even with the closure of most facilities and buildings, we still have many people on the job including golf course maintenance and operations, landscape operations, partial food & beverage staff, front desk, ALC, activities, admin staff, patrol & front gates, and the facilities team. Facilities took advantage of the pool closures to empty, sanitize, and refill all pools with new water as well as repair and paint the cool decking. They have also deep cleaned and sanitized all buildings, are painting the interiors of the clubhouses, and are cleaning all of the floors throughout the property. The common area crew and contract landscape company remain very busy as the spring blooms and growth start happening and are on constant weed control. The patrol and front gate teams remain at your service as usual.
As we look to next month, summer, and beyond, I don’t know what our future holds, but we will remain committed to keeping you informed and continuing to stress the importance of following CDC guidelines, orders issued by our various governmental agencies, and the White House. It is very important for all of us to take personal responsibility for our own actions as they pertain to our health and well-being. If we do this together, we will come out of this crisis, but it takes a commitment of everyone in the community.
As we have shared in all of our communications during the last several weeks, the CDC recommends a number of steps that you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. One new recommendation in place is the use of face masks. In light of new evidence, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used to follow this advice. Please visit cdc.gov for more information on face masks.
Please also follow the previously shared information that follows:
- Practice social distancing, deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
- Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Please check the CDC website for updates as events progress. Stay safe and healthy!