We are open for fun!
Last night the Board met to discuss our plans for the 2021 season and I’m excited to announce that we will fully reopen for events and activities this summer! Nets will be installed at the athletic field, floats and diving boards will be put out at the beach, and the Community House will be opened.
This is all possible as a result of yesterday’s announcement that the NJ Governor has lifted indoor and outdoor capacity limits, removed social distancing mandates, and pulled back from mask requirements. However, following the guidance of the NJ Governor and the CDC, the Board has decided that anyone entering the Community House must wear a mask if they are not vaccinated. This includes children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine along with adults who choose not to be vaccinated and applies at all times when the building is open. For events where food is being consumed, like when you are devouring chicken and corn at the Chicken BBQ, you don’t have to wear your mask while seated and eating. And while we won’t be posting guards at the doors nor will we be checking immunization IDs as you enter, we do expect that everyone will follow this guidance and that each of you will help to politely and respectfully enforce it. Everyone will also have the option to remain outside on the porch, unmasked, for events at the Community House as we plan to have extra seating available outdoors at many activities.
I think it’s also important to share how the Board came to this decision. We had a long discussion on this topic and there were a variety of perspectives shared. We respect everyone’s right to choose to get a vaccine or to remain unvaccinated and we want everyone to feel included. At the same time, we want to keep all members of our community safe using reasonable precautions. Vaccines and masks have both been shown to be effective methods for controlling the spread of the virus. Therefore, we are asking our community members to use one of the tools (or both if you choose) when you participate at our indoor events.
This is a big step forward in our “return to normal” and I thank you all in advance for your cooperation. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!