Yesterday (August 10, 2020), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released the Requirements for Indoor Gyms and Fitness Clubs/Centers to re-open. RCSC has been working through the drafted requirements to ensure we meet all necessary requirements to apply for eventual reopening.
In the finalized requirements published yesterday, ADHS added benchmark metrics that will be used to determine phased openings for indoor gyms and fitness centers. These metrics have been provided for all industry leaders and businesses to understand when a general reopening could be considered.
ADHS is allowing reopening to occur based on community transmission rates within the county the facility is located, which for RCSC is Maricopa County. Currently, Maricopa County is in the “substantial transmission phase” which does not allow RCSC to reopen its fitness centers.
Each of the following three benchmark criteria must be met prior to submitting the required ADHS form for reopening and be met for 14 days with a 12-day reporting lag to move from a higher transition phase to a lower one:
Maricopa County must have fewer than 100 cases per 100,000
Less than 10% percent positivity
Hospital visits due to COVID-like illnesses below 10%
You may see some additional activity surrounding RCSC’s safety protocols and mitigation strategies to meet ADHS requirements for an eventual reopening. These include removal of furniture in common areas, sanitization dispensers in locker rooms, and new signage at fitness center entries. We are continuing to follow guidance from ADHS, the Governor’s Office and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More information will be provided as the benchmark metrics change and reopening the RCSC fitness centers is possible.
Sun City resident Roger Riffle gets ready to swat the pickleball back to his opponent during a match at Marinette Center, 9860 W. Union Hills Drive. With fitness centers closed, Sun City residents are trying to find alternatives for their exercise. Pickleball and tennis remain open. [Rusty Bradshaw/Independent Newsmedia]
Sun City residents used to going to the various fitness centers in the community were left to find alternatives when Recreation Centers of Sun City officials closed them last month.
The Sun City fitness center closure came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order closing certain businesses, including gyms and spas. The closure order was supposed to expire July 27, but the governor extended it indefinitely.
Regular exercise is important, especially for senior citizens, in maintaining a string immune system and keeping the body from degenerating. The lack of exercise is signifi- cantly noticeable, according to resident Gail LaLumiere.
“Without continued exercise it is shocking how quickly it starts to affect an aging body,” she stated in an email.
RCSC Centers are currently open for Cardholders only. The Recreation Centers of Sun City continues to be in Phase One in the Re-Opening Plan. The State of Arizona will determine when it is safe to proceed to Phase Two and Phase Three. Strict physical distancing, face masks and proper sanitation protocols must be adhered to by all RCSC Cardholders as required. At this time, no guests or visitors are allowed on RCSC properties (with the exception of golf courses).
Additional information about regarding current RCSC Restrictions & Requirements for various activities can be found on the website under each Recreation Center where that activity is available.
NOTE: New COVID-19 Face Mask Non-compliance Process was passed by the RCSC Board of Directors. Read more about it here.
Good afternoon Sun City Pickleball Club Members, A quick note this day.
The Ad Hoc Future Planning Committee’s Proposal Plan for the renovations at Mountain View were a large part of the discussion at the RCSC Board meeting yesterday morning. The addition of more pickleball courts and a larger, shaded area for people who are waiting to play are included in those plans. As you can imagine, these plans were very well received and lots of positive comments and feedback came from the Board Members and from those who spoke from the audience. Thank you to the Ad Hoc Committee and RCSC Board.
We also had several Club Members address the RCSC Board in regards to permitting doubles play at our Sun City Pickleball Courts! So many great points were brought out and substantiated by our Club Members – and with such eloquence! Thank you Frank Spina, Karen McAdam and Rich Peterson! We are all hoping the Board will reconsider and let doubles be played….fingers crossed! And thank you to all the Club Members who came and showed their support . . . bravo to you all!!
I was just reminded of the Commemorative Paver our Club purchased located at the Sun City Museum…have you seen it?! It was bought by our Club last year to help with the cost of the Museum renovations . . . there is a picture of it on our Club Website . . . that is, until you get over there and see it in person!
And, from what I understand, the Nominating Committee for next year’s Club Officers are still gathering names for those of you who want to help lead this wonderful Club of ours!!! Isn’t it about time you “stepped” forward (and not into the kitchen) – (this kitchen is acceptable)! Please be in touch with any on our committee – Carol Arinno, Diana Colonna, or Joe Gilfillan. Thank you for volunteering!
Enjoy this bit of weather – with no wind, these are great temps for June!
On Sunday, May 31, Arizona Governor Ducey issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, including putting in place a daily curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am, beginning on Sunday, May 31 at 8:00pm and in effect through Monday, June 8 at 5:00am.
In support of this Declaration of Emergency, RCSC will be closing all Recreation Centers, inclusive of all Chartered Club rooms and activities, at 7:00pm from Monday, June 1, through Sunday, June 7. Closing at this time allows RCSC Cardholders and staff the time necessary to safely return home during daylight in compliance with the 8:00pm curfew.
Thank you for your attention to this temporary and unfortunate situation.
We would like to amend the RCSC Rules & Regulations for Phased Re-opening Plan sent to Cardholders yesterday (May 18) with regards to Vulnerable Individuals as it relates to our community.
The statements below are only recommendations. All RCSC Cardholders will need to assess their own health and use facilities at their own risk. Each Cardholder will need to make their own decisions regarding their participation in the use of RCSC facilities.
We hope this clarification helps you to better understand this matter.
CARDHOLDERS SHOULD BE ADVISED OF CDC & EXECUTIVE ORDER RECOMMENDATIONS DURING PHASE ONE & PHASE TWO
All vulnerable individuals are advised to take reasonable steps to continue limiting their time away from their place of residence or property.
Vulnerable individuals are defined as individuals 65 and older and/or individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.
Individuals who are symptomatic must stay home.
Individuals who have a fever (100.4 F or higher) must stay home.
Individuals must wash their hands thoroughly and frequently.
RCSC Announces Plans to Re-open Recreational Facilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 18, 2020
Today the RCSC Board of Directors approved a re-opening plan for the Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc. which will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 with summer hours* taking effect immediately. The Federal Government published guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” which provided a basic framework for a three-phased approach to re-opening. RCSC has used this framework to develop the plan for re-opening RCSC facilities, offices, events and entertainment. Governor Ducey announced on May 12, 2020 that Arizona was in Phase One and the Stay at Home Order would expire on May 15, 2020.
*Summer hours are Lakeview, Oakmont and Mountain View which will remain open until 8pm Monday-Saturday starting now through Labor Day weekend; all other center hours remain the same.
There is much excitement and anticipation as we start to bring use of the RCSC facilities and activities back into the community that so many enjoy and have missed during this period. The re-opening process will likely involve much tolerance, acceptance and respect from all participants. Your cooperation will help to ensure a smooth transition as we move forward.
Re-opening RCSC facilities will require strict adherence to safety and sanitation protocols during these phases developed by the RCSC Management Team and Board of Directors specific to the facilities and activities offered here in Sun City AZ to ensure the continued well-being of both Cardholders and RCSC employees. Due to the physical distancing requirements, it is imperative that Cardholders realize that admittance to facilities will remain extremely restricted and that no congregating nor waiting for available space to become available will be allowed. Your understanding and cooperation as we deal with these limitations may alter how we proceed going forward through these phases.
Below are the requirements and restrictions which must be adhered to as we proceed through each Phase as we begin the process of re-opening RCSC facilities. Continue reading →
Today (May 12, 2020) at 3:30pm Governor Ducey announced that pools and gyms can open tomorrow, May 13, 2020. This is exciting news and RCSC is very anxious to get its facilities re-opened and available to Cardholders.
While RCSC has a re-opening plan, it is certainly not something that can be instituted in less than 24 hours. We recognize that many of you are very anxious to get back into the pools and fitness centers; however, it is vitally important that we are able to do so with the safety and sanitation protocols in place to protect both Cardholders and staff.
Despite the weeks and countless hours we have spent procuring the protective equipment and supplies to do so, we have yet to receive all of these supplies needed to open at this time. Unfortunately it cannot be business as usual since Phase One will require strict physical distancing and sanitizing protocols.
We promise that we will open as soon as possible.
Your cooperation and understanding is much appreciated.
I hope this email finds you well. While I know we are looking forward to getting back to “life as normal,” I thought I would take a moment to bring RCSC Cardholders up-to-date and to clarify a couple of issues.
RCSC Management and the Board of Directors are working to finalize a plan for RCSC’s re-opening that coincides with recommendations from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services as well as abiding by Governor Ducey’s Executive Orders. As you may know, our Governor extended the Stay at Home Order through May 15 which includes closure of gyms and pools and we hope to know more very soon. Detailed information regarding RCSC’s re-opening will be forthcoming in the very near future. Continue reading →