Providing that Northern Virginia enters Phase 1 of re-opening on May 28th, the HRARA Board of Directors has decided that the 2020 season will begin on May 29th. The season will begin with lap swimming only and under specific protocols. Under Virginia’s Phase 1 guidelines, outdoor pools are restricted to lap swimming only with no more than one individual per lane. Members will be able to reserve a lane for a 60-minute time slot, followed by a 30-minute closure for staff to clean. A complete outline of our plan to begin the season can be viewed here. As the season progresses, we anticipate that restrictions from the Governor will loosen and we will be able to offer more recreational alternatives for our members. The safety of our members continues to be our top priority. We understand that the current restrictions may not be ideal for many of our members. We are committed to providing all of our members with the best summer experience possible, while remaining in accordance with direction and guidance that is provided by state and local authorities. It is our hope that you will all remain flexible as we work our way through this difficult time.
On May 19th, the Board of Directors met online and discussed the membership rates for the 2020 season. After much consideration it was decided that our rates will remain the same for this year. As outlined in prior messages from the board, opening the pool under any circumstances results in significant costs. We are all owners of the pool and must try to ensure that our facility is financially stable today, and for years to come. The $25 “Early Bird” discount will remain in effect through May 28th. The board has agreed to hold further discussions regarding the establishment of a discount for the 2021 season for members who join this season. Lastly, we ask that you utilize the online registration feature on our website to pay your membership. This is a much safer method for our volunteers and will reduce the amount of mail and checks that they must handle.
It has been a long and difficult spring for all of us. We are glad that we have reached this point where we are able to begin the season. We hope that you all will join us for the 2020 season and are looking forward to escaping to the pool this summer. Should you have any questions regarding the 2020 season, please contact us.