Pool, Gym and Clubhouse to Remain Closed Per CA Department of Public Health
Posted By rhart on May 22, 2020
At the Board meeting held on May 21st, the Board discussed the reopening of the community’s amenities, including the pool, gym and Clubhouse. There is currently a lot of confusion amongst community associations as to whether and how soon HOA’s may “reopen” their swimming pools in light of governmental COVID-19 restrictions. This confusion has arisen because of highly unclear and often internally inconsistent guidance both at the state and local level. However, California’s Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) has finally publicized clear standards for swimming pools. The CDPH website, available at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/, states that “the following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time: … Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas.” Section 65503 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations defines “public pools” to include all homeowners association swimming pools. The only exception is private pools that serve not more than 3 residential units. In summary, as of May 19, 2020, HOAs anywhere in California are not permitted to open their community pools. If a community decides to reopen its pool at this time, it would run the risk of enforcement by health authorities and, of course, heightened liability in the event the pool transmits the infection. Pools are anticipated to open as part of “Phase 3”, however, the State has not yet provided unequivocal word on when swimming pools will be allowed to reopen.
This situation is rapidly evolving, and as soon as there is clear guidance from the government as to when community association pools and other amenities may reopen and under what circumstances, the Board will consider reopening the amenities. We will keep all residents apprised of any updates.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances!