WPOA Operational Update- July 17, 2020

Wintergreen Owners,

We remain in Phase 3 of the re-opening plan.  A link to the Phase 3 guidance can be found here:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Three-Guidelines.pdf

In his Tuesday press conference, Governor Northam expressed concerns about the current rate of infection in certain parts of Virginia, stressed the importance of wearing face coverings, and taking the necessary precautions.  He also made no prediction on when Virginia might move into Phase 4 and suggested some parts of the state might see increased restrictions.

Swimming Pools – The Rodes Farm and Chestnut Springs Pools are open with restrictions in place that satisfy the Phase 3 requirements.  Owners wanting to use these facilities are encouraged to read the pool operating plan posted on the WPOA website along with frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).  Please visit:  https://www.wtgpoa.org/2020-wpoa-pool-operating-plan-faqs-phase-3  for details. A copy of the current pool rules can be found here:   https://www.wtgpoa.org/wpoa-phase-3-pool-rules/

While some of our owners remain disappointed in our efforts, most owners are working through the restrictions and adjusting to the new normal.  Based on owner feedback, demand, and use trends, we made a few minor tweaks to our pool operating plan last week.  The current operating plan will remain in place for the upcoming week.  The most recent changes include:

  • Owners are allowed 3 accompanied guests per household.
  • Owners can reserve an additional swim session up to 7 days in advance at each pool.
  • Owners that would like to swim more often are encouraged to stop by a pool to see if we have openings during the day.

A couple of reminders:

  • We are limiting reservations to try and give everyone who is eligible to swim, a chance of getting some pool time. To make a reservation please stop by the pool or call.  Chestnut Springs (434) 325-2200 ext 9303 or Rodes Farm (434) 818-0814.
  • Full time owners are encouraged to swim during the week and avoid the weekends when part time owners are here.
  • Owners must accompany guests. Unaccompanied guests are not permitted to use the pool.
  • Failure to show up for your reserved pool session impacts others. Please contact the pool and cancel your reservation so we can try and accommodate another owner.
  • The Commonwealth requires masks to be worn indoors, when in public. Our pool bathrooms are indoors and public…

The WPOA Pool Staff remain a critical component in our ability to operate pools going forward.  Current restrictions make it unlawful to operate our pools without completing the onsite mandatory requirements.  It is critical that we support their efforts and recognize the important role they play.

Increasing infection rates in our region and unpleasant interactions with owners could have an impact on staffing.  It should come as no surprise that some are weighing the risk VS reward and discussing this with the supervisory staff.    While WPOA is making every effort to try and keep everyone safe, owners are reminded that wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene are all very important.  If you forget your mask, let us know, we are happy to provide one.  Please wear a mask when near others (check in/check out) and when visiting the bathrooms.

The decision to open a community pool and the agony associated is being felt by communities across the country.  The combination of risk to the community, difficulty in finding and keeping staff safe, and fulfilling the increased operating requirements have kept most facilities closed.  https://hoaresources.caionline.org/how-hoas-are-handling-pool-openings/ .  A staff member showing possible symptoms, or simply known to have been in contact with a person with the virus, can trigger a complete facility shut down for cleaning and appropriate staff quarantining that lasts for days.  https://www.ashlandva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=412

Given the challenges, owners wanting to use the pools are being asked to follow the rules and support the effort.

Older News Worth Repeating:

Tuckahoe is open for groups to use with restrictions.  If you have an interest in holding an event at Tuckahoe, please contact WPOA for details.  Individuals and Groups wanting to use the facility need to present operating plans to WPOA that address the concerns and comply with the requirements outlined in Phase 3.

Owners will soon be receiving notice about a community wide power outage planned during the overnight hours on August 4 and again on August 11.  CVEC is upgrading equipment and the outage is scheduled overnight to minimize negative impacts on customers.  Look for details in the mail.

The Founders Overlook culvert has been replaced and the repaired area will get fresh pavement soon.

Surface treatment of our secondary roads is complete for this year.  Over the next few weeks, we will remove any loose gravel on the newly treated roads.  Asphalt overlay on Wintergreen Drive is still a few weeks away.  Once we have a firm date, we will pass this along.

Owners are reminded that the resort golf courses are now open and play is increasing.  Walking or bike riding on cart paths is prohibited during golf operating hours (typically 8am-6pm).  Non golf use of these paths disrupts play and can pose a serious risk from being hit by a golf ball.

The resort continues a gradual re-opening with recreation and dining opportunities available.  Owners are encouraged to visit www.wintergreenresort.com for details.  Club members are reminded to please bring your member pass when visiting resort amenities.

The WPOA offices remain closed to walk-in traffic.  Please send an email or call WPOA for assistance.

More and more owners and guests are out and about.  Please observe the speed limits and drive with care.

The tennis court at Rodes Farm is currently open for Tennis and Pickleball.  Players are reminded that COVID 19 remains a serious health risk.  Please adhere to the rules posted and use the sign-up sheets (located in the pavilion) to help facilitate play.

Both community playgrounds are open.  Parents are reminded of the serious risks associated with COVID 19.  Please follow the rules posted at both locations and take extra precautions.

Fishing – lakes and ponds within our community are private.  To help identify you as an owner, please contact WPOA to request a pass.  We can send one via mail or leave it for you to pick-up.  Vehicle access is restricted, owners need to park on the street and walk in.

Dog Walking – The WPOA Covenants require all dogs to be on a leash or “under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s command at any time they are permitted outside…”.  The use of words “control” and “obedient” in the rules suggests a dog off leash should respond immediately and avoid an unwelcome encounter with another owner or their animal.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.