Tuckahoe Phase 1 Opening Rules and Policies:
Procedures are subject to change based upon guidance from Fairfax County (including the Fairfax County Health Department), the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA), applicable federal authorities and Tuckahoe’s insurance provider.
- The danger of exposure to the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 exists.
- By entering the pool, you take responsibility for your own protection and for disinfecting your hands and anything you touch in the pool area.
- Do not use the pool if you have a cough, fever or other symptoms of illness or have displayed such symptoms over the past 14 days.
- Maintain at least 6 feet between you and other people who are not a part of your household.
Wear a face covering when you are not in the swimming pool. A significant number of people are asymptomatic. Members using the pool should only do so under the assumption that staff will not know who is infected or not, will assume anyone using the pool may be infected, and adhere to the proper procedures to limit exposure by staff and other members.
Signage: There will be Covid-19 warning signs posted throughout the facility
Phase I Opening (Limited):
Staffing: Tuckahoe will open and operate with a limited number of experienced/senior staff members and lifeguards. Staff members will be provided with masks and gloves. A clear divider will be placed on the front desk separating staff conducting entrance screening and members.
Lifeguarding: Staff will use universal precautions when providing medical aid, avoiding mouth to mouth or mouth to mask resuscitation. Staff will use a bag-valve-mask. Universal precautions should include, at a minimum, gloves, masks, and eye protection.
Occupancy: Dependent on Fairfax County guidelines, Tuckahoe will initially allow entrance for up to 10 members in the Main Outdoor Pool at one time only for lap swimming. No non-swimmers allowed in the pool area.
Permissible Usage: Tuckahoe will be open for lap swimming sessions only. There will be NO tanning, sitting, congregating, swim lessons, or team activities (swim, dive). Social distancing is imperative for the safety of the staff as well as our members.
Guest Policy: Members are not allowed to bring guests.
Main Pool Operating hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8:00am – 9:00pm..
Intermediate Pool Closed during Phase 1 (for now, possibly open in a few days)
Baby Pool Closed during Phase 1
To reserve a lane to swim in, members must comply with FOUR items:
- Not have or show any symptoms currently or in the past 14 days, related to COVID 19
- Have current photos uploaded to the club’s website
- Have on file a signed COVID 19 CODE OF CONDUCT agreement
- Any current Full member, at any age, who can swim a full lap, back and forth, without assistance or struggle
Who can reserve and swim in a lane? Any member who has met the criteria listed above
30-Minute Timeslot: Only one 30-minute timeslot of lap swim, including time to enter and exit the pool area, per member per day on a predetermined schedule (read “where to reserve” below). If no one comes to use your lane after your 30 minutes is up, you may stay in the lane so long as no one arrives to take it. You must exit the pool when the lifeguard/attendant instructs you to.
Where to Reserve: Members will reserve their 30-minute timeslot by going on our website and clicking on the “SWIM” tab. Under the “RESERVE YOUR LAP LANE” heading, click on the “reserve your lap lane” field. This will be the quickest way to book your lap lane and it is very easy to do.
Limits on Lane Reserving: Initially, each member may reserve one slot a day at least 12 hours before they want to swim, and you may only reserve 1 slot/day. The system will allow you to book only 1 day in advance. Management will evaluate these limits and may adjust them based on actual usage.in advance. For those members who are not able to use a computer to make their reservation, they may call during open hours and reserve a time for same-day swimming or for the next day. Tuckahoe will not accept walk-up reservations.
Conditions of Operations to be aware of:
Pool Deck Layout: Staff will ensure that in standing and seating areas, individuals can remain at least 6 feet apart from those not in their household.
Physical Barriers and Guides: Staff will provide physical cues, pylons, or barriers (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs to ensure that staff and members stay at least 6 feet apart from those they don’t live with, both in and out of the water.
Bathhouse Usage: Only the FAMILY bathrooms will be available for emergency use only, changing areas will be unavailable, and taking showers indoors will be prohibited.
Decks: All grass areas and sun deck (above the pump room) will be closed and off limits.
Food/Grilling: No food, coolers, or grilling will be allowed – only water bottles will be allowed in the pool areas. Please fill your water bottle at home as the water fountains and sinks will not be available.
Equipment/Kickboards: Tuckahoe will not have any kickboards or other swimming equipment available for usage unless requested (must request day of and provide a deposit for their use)
Disinfecting Chairs: Tuckahoe staff will disinfect chairs, if used, between use, and as needed.
Shower at Home or Club: Fairfax County REQUIRES that all swimmers shower prior to entering a pool. With that requirement in mind, Tuckahoe will require all potential lap swimmers to shower either at home before coming to the pool and be ready to enter the water immediately after entrance wearing his/her swimsuit and with all necessary equipment. If you do not shower at home, you will be required to shower here at the club using our outdoor showers prior to entering the pool.
PPE: Members must provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings, gloves, etc. and must wear a face covering on Tuckahoe property when not in the water. Face coverings must fully cover nose and mouth. These may be fabric face coverings, surgical masks, N95 masks, etc.
Entering: Members must wear a face covering and enter via the Winter Bath House and check in at the reception desk upstairs. Upon entry, swimmers will place clothes in a designated chair in front of his/her designated lane. Members must wait in their cars or in designated area until their reserved time. A staff person will signal the member when it is appropriate to enter and ensure the member is wearing a face covering. Avoid touching any railing, fences, tables, barriers, etc.
Lap Lane Usage: Only lap swimming will be allowed. Members must not wear face coverings while swimming. There will be one swimmer per lane, with stopping allowed only on alternating sides. Unless in an emergency situation, no two swimmers in adjacent lanes should ever stop at same end. Maintain appropriate social distancing from other swimmers when entering, exiting, and/or taking a break.
Exiting: Members must put on their face covering when completing their laps. Members must leave the pool area through the emergency back gate immediately wearing their swimsuit and with all their equipment at the conclusion of their 30-minute timeslot. Any items left will be discarded.
Revocation of Membership: The management has the right to ask anyone to leave the grounds. Any members not following the limitations listed above may lose their member privileges in accordance with the Bylaws.
Our Phase 2 opening plans are underway and, subject to guidance, will likely include family use of the pools.