Pools to Open; Outdoor Sports Restrictions Eased

  • Harriet Palk

Two Oakmont pools will open with restrictions June 15, while restrictions at other outdoor facilities, such as tennis courts and lawn bowling, will be relaxed in keeping with the Sonoma County order. The activities that can resume may also include some limited exercises classes.  

In a special meeting, the OVA board voted unanimously to adopt rules governing the use of some recreational amenities that are allowed under the County restrictions put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pools

The pools at the East and West Rec centers will open first. Staff will monitor the process and adherence to rules as the facilities open, and the board has asked for volunteers to help with that process in the initial phase. The CAC pool will open when staff determines readiness. Pool hours are limited to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East pool and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West pool. Swimmers will be asked to reserve lanes 72 hours in advance.  Longer reservation times could be adjusted up to one hour, depending on demand established in the early days of opening.  

The reservation sheet will be posted at the pools each day.  If someone sees that there is no one signed up for the time period following him/her, that person may continue swimming beyond the half-hour limit.

Members of the same household may share a lane and reserve two back-to-back time slots.  The lanes can be used for lap swimming, walking or paddling but no recreational swimming.  Only OVA members can use the pools.

Because County rules are unclear about pool furniture, the board decided that tables will be available for placement of personal items while swimming.  No chairs are allowed.  

At the West Rec, the unisex bathroom next to the tennis courts will be open.  One of the two bathrooms at the East Rec will be open, but barricades will prevent access to the main part of the locker room.  Only outdoor showers can be used.           

Tennis, pickleball and other outdoor facilities  

The board also voted to relax restrictions at sport facilities. The use is no longer limited to members of the same household, but all other usage restrictions and rules still apply.

Access cards may have been deactivated if you have not used it since December (180 days). Please refer to the linked document to make an appointment to have your card reactivated if necessary. Currently card activation appointments are being scheduled for 6/15, 16 and 17 from 8:00 a.m. – noon and 1:15 pm – 4:30 p.m., with more appointments added as needed later in the week.  No drop-ins please as we work to maintain social distancing. Please wear a mask when coming to appointments.

To see rules for opened facilities click here.

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