Board Looks at Proposed Opening of Two Oakmont Facilities

The Oakmont Library and Fitness Center are readying for safe re-opening under public health guidelines following the announcement that Sonoma County will advance to the less restrictive Red tier on Sunday, March 14.

The OVA board will take up resolutions on the proposed re-opening of the Library and Fitness Center at its meeting March 16. The rules that would govern the re-opening were developed by the Ad Hoc Facilities Re-opening Committee. Under the resolutions, all mask and social distancing requirements remain in place at all open facilities. The Red tier allows for gym facilities to be open at 10% capacity. The Oakmont Fitness Center has a capacity of 69 persons. The CAC lobby and all other rooms (meeting and card room, etc.) in the facility remain closed. The guidelines and hours of access are subject to adjustment when appropriate under county regulations. The two facilities are operated by volunteers, and if approved by the board, opening the doors will depend on volunteers’ schedules.

Fitness Center rules:

Six members will be allowed to exercise by reservation for 50-minute time slots, Mondays through Fridays, 9 to 5. The Center will be closed from 11 to noon for lunch and on weekends. A staff member or volunteer will be on premises. Equipment will be taped off to comply with required social distancing regulations. Members are required to wear masks at all times and use provided sanitary wipes to clean equipment after use. Locker rooms will be closed; the restrooms off the patio will be accessible. Two side door exits are to be used for access to the Center.

Library rules:

Library operations will be phased in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Mondays through Fridays for checkouts only. No returns or donations will be accepted. A second phase will allow library returns. The final phase will allow donations. During hours of operation, a library volunteer will monitor the CAC entrance and lobby to assure masking and social distancing. Five members are allowed in the Library at one time, including one volunteer. Members will be asked to keep their library visit as short as possible.

When allowed, returns will be accepted near the outside door by the Lawn Bowling greens. The adjacent Arts and Crafts room will be accessible only to library volunteers to sort returns and donations.