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Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law and Swim Club Management Group.
Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 204 (“EO204”) on March 23, 2021. EO204 relaxes a number of the protective actions taken by the State of North Carolina to address the Coronavirus Disease 20 19 ("COVID-19") public health emergency, but EO204 is far from a “re-opening.” To the extent EO204 is applicable to planned communities and condominium owners Associations in North Carolina, here are the hot button items as outline by some of theHOAteam’s partners:
As Swim Club Management Group (SCMG) continues the preparation for a second successful season in a Global pandemic, the recent Executive Order easing restrictions provides hope that this may be the last season we consider such restraints. However, despite the maximum occupancy returning to outdoor pools at 100% and indoor pools at 75% (as determined by fire code), additional precautions and conservative approaches should be taken to limit the exposure of COVID at each facility.
As in 2020, SCMG will continue to screen all employees prior to shifts, and masks are required as part of their uniform. Many of our managed facilities have still opted to eliminate furniture from the pool deck or, at a minimum, reduce the amount of furniture to encourage social distancing despite this recent announcement.
Many of the pool facilities that implemented a registration system in 2020 to limit the number of guests at the pool at one time to provide an enjoyable experience have chosen to continue this practice despite the increase in occupancy.
Signage at all facilities should be posted to reflect the social distancing and mask wearing requirements. As noted in the order, face covering will be required when social distancing cannot be attained, and the pool deck is no exception. Masks will not be required when actively swimming or when another exception exists as noted in the order. To the extent that facilities choose, many also provide full sanitation stations to disinfect high-usage areas which will contain the minimum sanitation requirements as noted in the order.
The HOAs that host swim team competitions are eager to continue to continue this tradition for their youth, but many will be making changes to the traditional meets. In some cases, virtual meets are being now being planned with each swim team planning to compete at their home facility against a competing team on a virtual level. Only competitors of one age group are allowed on the pool deck at one time to minimize close contact. To further minimize the number of attendees, some facilities are allowing one parent on the deck with their swimmer, or requiring parents to remain in their vehicle during the meet. Upon completion of the heat, the swimmers must clear the pool deck to relieve the capacity limits. Other HOAs are opting to not participate in swim team competitions at all to continue to take a conservative approach for their members.
While the CDC has stated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through treated waters, SCMG continues to encourage safe swimming practices along with social distancing and everyday preventative actions to prevent the spread.
Here are some potentially relevant exceptions which would not require someone to wear a Face Covering per EO204:
As you can see EO204 relaxes, but does not lift the protective actions taken by the State of North Carolina to address the Coronavirus Disease 20 19 ("COVID-19") public health emergency.