WPOA Operational Update- June 19, 2020

Wintergreen Owner,

While we remain in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan, the start of Phase 3 could begin soon.  Governor Northam provides updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week and this Thursday’s update included a snapshot into what Phase 3 will include.  The Thursday press event did not include a date for when Phase 3 might begin, only that cases are trending in the right direction and that spikes in cases outside of Virginia suggest caution.  Governor Northam hinted at Friday June 26th for Phase 3, but he qualified this statement by saying he was concerned about the infection spikes in neighboring states and is watching this very carefully.  His comments suggest Phase 3 could be delayed.

As you might expect, the exact language in the Phase 3 plan is critical in determining how we will operate newly re-opened facilities.  WPOA will carefully review the Phase 3 guidelines published Thursday evening and adjust our operating plans accordingly. A link to the Phase 3 guidelines can be found here:


Tuckahoe Clubhouse – Tuckahoe continues to serve as the Central District Voting Precinct.  The following Tuesday, June 23rd primary event, WPOA is having the facility cleaned and HVAC filters replaced.  Once cleaned from public voting use, the facility will be ready to re-open when permitted to do so.  How Tuckahoe can be used, and the number of participants allowed in, will depend on Phase 3 guidance.  Everyone who uses this facility should anticipate social distancing requirements, masks, occupancy limits of 50% or less in meeting rooms, etc.  We plan to share these details in next weeks update.  WPOA has already installed CDC reminder signage, hand sanitizer dispensers at entry points and exits, etc.  All of this in anticipation of re-opening soon.

Swimming Pools – Pools remain closed until Phase 3 begins.  The Phase 3 guidelines allow pools to open for “free swim” if we follow a long list of mandatory requirements.  The requirements include; screening all owners and guests about symptoms prior to entry, additional signage, barriers between staff and patrons, 75% max capacity, social distancing maintained, 10ft of separation between seating, hand sanitizing stations, cleaning and disinfecting all seating between uses, etc.  We will review our current operating plan and adjust using the new Phase 3 guidelines. We will share details late next week.

Playgrounds – Playground equipment will re-open at Rodes Farm and Chestnut Springs on Saturday, June 20th.  Parents are reminded of the serious risk COVID 19 presents.  Rules related to the use of playground equipment will be posted at both facilities and parents assume the risk for themselves and their kids.  Please follow the use restrictions posted, keep kids apart, and lather on the hand sanitizer.

Other News:

The Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and Rogers and Associates are partnering to provide free document destruction this Saturday June 20th.  The event is being held from 10am until 2pm at the Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Link to the event can be found here: https://nelsonchamber.org/event-3750441

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 each week.  This is great news.  Owners are encouraged to visit www.wintergreenresort.com for details.  Club members are reminded to please bring your member pass when visiting resort amenities.

Rainy weather is impacting paving, line painting, and surface treatment work.  Please use caution on roads recently improved and use caution while work is underway.

Older news:

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.

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 unwelcomed encounter with another owner or their animal.

We are now in phase 2 of the re-opening plan.  To learn more about Phase 2, please visit:   https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf  or you can find the document at www.wtgpoa.org

Thanks again for your understanding and support.