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Monroe County: Moves to Yellow Phase of Re-opening

Governor Wolf announced on Friday (May 22, 2020) that Monroe County will be moved to the YELLOW phase on May 29th.

While our area is finally moving out of the RED (Stay at Home), the YELLOW phase has many restrictions in place including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Groups of 25 or more are not permitted and those groups of 25 or less must maintain the 6’ social distance.
  • All customers are required to wear masks while on business premises where social distancing requirements can be met. (Please note: The BML Operations Office will not be permitting in-person visits during this phase).
  • All employees are required to wear masks if they cannot maintain the social distancing requirements within the workplace
  • Telework must continue where feasible
  • All businesses must follow the CDC and PA DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning

The GREEN phase will still require precautions to keep our community and families safe. These precautions (or restrictions) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Large recreational gatherings remain restricted
  • Large entertainment gatherings will continue to be restricted
  • Telework is encouraged to continue
  • All businesses must follow the CDC and PA DOH guidance for social distancing

The guidance from the CDC requires that pool operators and managers (including HOA community pool operators and managers) provide for the following (in both YELLOW and GREEN phases):

  • Cleaning and disinfection measures for all parts of facility daily and after each use.
  • Monitoring of physical distancing to maintain 6 ft. of distance between people from separate households.
  • Ensuring policies are developed on enforcement of physical distancing.
  • Implementing environmental controls — barriers between staff and pool users, removal of furniture, entry lines with 6 ft of distance, etc.
  • Swimming pool user measures — proper hygiene, face coverings (not while in water).
  • Staff safety measures – physical distancing, hand washing, face coverings, and health screenings.

With all of this said, it is the desire of the Blue Mountain Lake Club Board of Directors and Preferred Management to open the pools on July 4th with restrictions (as required during the YELLOW and GREEN phase), primarily including limited occupancy with reservations, social distancing, masks being required when not in the pool, cleaning closures and furniture not being provided as well as furniture not allowed to be brought into the pool enclosure. As we receive additional guidance and information (from the PA DOH, CDC, the association’s legal counsel as well as the associations insurance/risk management consultant), this date and plan may change, and we will advertise such changes to the community.

Governor Wolf stated on Friday, May 22nd, “I must emphasize that moving into the green phase will still require precautions to keep our communities and our families safe,” Wolf said. “COVID-19 continues to be a threat to our health and welfare, and, unfortunately, that won’t change until we have a vaccine, or a cure.

The Blue Mountain Lake Board of Directors and your Preferred Management Team are doing everything we can to adapt to the ever-changing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the way it has changed how we live our daily lives. Please be kind, be compassionate and have patience. Thank you.

Provided below are links to the CDC and the PA DOH for your reference:  Private community pools, such as an HOA pool, are required to follow this guidance.

Governor Wolf’s Guidance that details procedures businesses must follow

CDC Guidance for Public Pools

PA DOH – 2020 Summer Recreation FAQ