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Operational Guidelines for the Swimming Area - Covid-19 Safety

  • New York State has specific rules to control the spread of covid-19 at lakefronts and beaches.  Our waterfront permit from the Tompkins County Health Department includes the following rules for the swimming area.

    Social distancing: The New York State rules on social distancing apply everywhere at the club.  Keep at least six feet away from other people, except for members of your immediate family group.  The only exception is when a six foot separation is impossible, e.g., when passing on the swim dock.

    Masks:  Everybody entering the swimming area should have a mask. Do not wear a mask when swimming, but avoid coming within six feet of other people, especially when on the swim dock.  Be particularly conscientious in wearing a mask when you are near the lifeguards.

    Checking in:  Everybody who swims must check in at the lifeguard table.  The maximum number of swimmers in the swimming area is fifteen, with no more than five on the dock. You must wear a mask to check in.

    Gatherings:  In addition to the social distancing rules, New York State limits the size of gatherings.  Individuals at gatherings should keep at least six feet apart.

    Restaurant:  The swimming area and the restaurant cannot be open at the same time.  For this reason, the swimming area will close 15 minutes before the restaurant opens.  (At present, the swimming area is closing at  4:45, Friday through Sunday, and the restaurant is opening at 5:00.)

    The regulations are changing continually.  If Tompkins County continues to be relatively healthy, we can hope to see some relaxation of the rules, but we must but we must be prepared for a continuation of current restrictions or new restrictions if covid-19 cases in Tompkins County increase.

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