Fitness Center, Library to Begin Reopening

      The light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel is beginning to shine on Oakmont facilities and activities, beginning with the Fitness Center and the library.

      With Sonoma County moving into the less restrictive Red tier, the OVA Board on March 16 approved guidelines for reopening the Fitness Center March 29 and the library March 30.

      With gyms and fitness centers allowed to open at 10% capacity, Oakmont will allow six members and one staff member at a time, with masks and six-foot social distancing required. Reservations are required for 50-minute time slots starting on the hour from 9 to 5 on weekdays with closure from 11 to noon. The gym will be closed on weekends.

      With the CAC still closed, gym entry and exit will be through the two side doors. Locker room will remain closed. The restrooms off the central patio will be open. Members will check in at the side door by the free weight area and leave through the cardio room door. Some equipment will be taped-off to create safe spaces for exercise and each piece of equipment will have a canister of wipes for members to use after their workout. Club volunteers will be on hand for the first week to monitor access and report concerns and/or suggested changes. 

      The initial library opening starting March 30 will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and for checkouts only – no returns or donations. A later second phase will allow returns and the final phase will allow donations. Four members and a volunteer will be allowed in the library at one time with masks and six-foot social distancing required. Members are asked to limit their time in the library, i.e. “Grab an armful and leave.”

      The CAC will be unlocked at 9 a.m. and relocked at 4 p.m. for library operations only. Volunteers will monitor the CAC entrance and lobby to assure masking and social distancing.

      When returns are allowed, they will be accepted by the outside door near the lawn bowling greens. The adjacent Arts and Crafts Room will be accessible only to library volunteers to sort returns and donations. Seating will be removed from the library and CAC lobby. Interior doors in the CAC will be locked to limit access to unopened rooms.

      Several issues regarding the reopenings were explored during the board discussions with no immediate resolution. It was decided to open with the approved guidelines and consider any need for changes as the operations proceed.

      Joy Bellomo, president of the Fitness Club, recommended that residents wait until they’re fully vaccinated before they use the gym.