WPOA Operational Update- June 26, 2020

Wintergreen Owners:

From Executive Director Roberts:

Phase 3 is scheduled to begin on Wednesday July 1 and while it does allow for some additional re-opening, it comes with a bunch of operating requirements.   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

Tuckahoe Clubhouse – Tuckahoe will be allowed to re-open on Wednesday July 1st.  For inside social gatherings, social distancing requirements jump from 6ft to 10ft spacing between persons who are not of the same household.    WPOA has already installed CDC reminder signage, hand sanitizer dispensers at entry points and exits, etc.  All of this in anticipation of re-opening the facility on July 1st .   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.

Swimming Pools – Pools are allowed to re-open on July 1st.  The pool operating plan is posted on the WPOA website along with frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).  Please visit www.wtgpoa.org or click here https://www.wtgpoa.org/2020-wpoa-pool-operating-plan-phase-3/ for more details.

Operating swimming pools under the Phase 3 guidance is going to be difficult and require everyone to make sacrifices.  Wintergreen is a large community and our 2 community pools will be operating at significantly reduced capacity.  This capacity challenge is compounded by additional restrictions required under Phase 3.  Owners are encouraged to review the operating plan and the FAQ’s before visiting a pool.  If you have any additional questions, please contact WPOA for help.  While most of the operating plan will remain the same for phase 3, we do expect some “tweaks” as we get up and running.

The last question in the FAQ is likely the most important.

How can owners support the effort?

Opening a pool facility in May provides 2-3 weeks of very light use while the operational bugs get worked out.  Opening a pool facility 3 days before the July 4th holiday with a long list of new procedures is going to be tough.  Please follow the rules and be patient as we work through unexpected issues.  Please arrive and depart promptly so we can clean the facility and get ready for the next group.  Last but not least, please be courteous and support the pool staff. 

Older News:

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.

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 unwelcomed encounter with another owner or their animal.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.

From Chief Sheets:

It has been approximately 40 days since I last contributed to a weekly update.  During that time, the number of COVID cases in Virginia has increased from 28,000 to 60,000.  The percentage of patients hospitalized has dropped to 10% from 14%.  The number of Virginians who have lost their lives to COVID has increased by roughly 700 to 1,700.  Clearly this challenge is far from over.  The number of cases in Nelson County has increased from 12 to 18.  We’re on a bit of an island, and let’s hope it stays that way.

I will be honest, when this all began it seemed to me as if Virginia may be overreacting a bit with their restrictions.  In retrospect, it appears as if they got it just right.  Ours is one of the few states considered somewhat under control.  Just to our south in North Carolina restrictions are increasing as the number of new daily cases is increasing rapidly.

Unlike most public safety officials, I’m blessed with a consistent constituency.  In 20 years, I have never met a property owner whom I wouldn’t describe as intelligent (some may be too smart).  We all know there is nothing political about wearing a mask.  All of the data and all of the experts agree that we should be wearing masks in public to minimize our risk.  I’d give the Wintergreen community a 9 out of 10 with regards to how seriously the restrictions have been taken.  That is likely the reason why we’re able to feel safe in our community.  Without sounding like an alarmist, I’d like to remind you that this could change in an instant.  As WPOA and Wintergreen Resort start to reopen facilities it’s essential that you study up on the facility usage recommendations and follow them.

You’re doing a great job! Please remain vigilant.  Please also remember that all of our public safety responders at Wintergreen have been adequately trained regarding COVID.  If you have an emergency, you should not hesitate to call us for assistance.  What we do has not changed.  How we do it has.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me.  csheets@wtgfireresq.org