Dues should be sent to:

Associa Chicagoland Management
 P.O. Box 61955
 Phoenix, AZ 85082

dues will not be accepted at the PCA office

PCA Pool Special Meeting - July 2, 2020

The PCA Board of Directors is calling a special meeting on Thursday July 2, 2020 between 3:30PM-5:00PM, to have a conversation with the community regarding the 2020 Prestbury pool season.

Please use the meeting information below, to join the call:

United States (Toll Free): 866-899-4679
United States: 669-224-3319
Access Code: 980-664-429

We welcome the community to join and discuss the 2020 Prestbury pool season. Our available time on the call is limited, and we'll ask that residents be considerate of time and others who wish to speak. 

Respectfully,
PCA Board of Directors

PLAYGROUND and PARK UPDATE (June 29, 2020)

All playgrounds are in process of opening this week. Swings, basketball nets and soccer nets are in process of being installed. Thank you for your patience as we awaited additional guidance from the Governor, CDC, and Illinois Department of Public Health.   Below are general guidelines to be followed when using these facilities:

  • No more than 50 patrons allowed on a playground at any given time
  • Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear masks
  • Avoid crowded playgrounds and minimize physical contact between kids
  • Outdoor playground equipment is not sanitized; use at your own risk
  • If you or your child feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home
  • Wash hands with soap and water before and after playing or use hand sanitizer

PCA Board of Directors

As your Board, our goal has been to open the pool as soon as possible given the limitations imposed upon us by the various government bodies that regulate operations of our pool. That continues to be our goal. To that end, we contracted with our management company to have the pool ready to open as early as possible and it was physically ready to open on Memorial Day. Unfortunately, regulations related to Covid-19 prevented that from occurring.

The Prestbury Citizens Association (PCA) pool is a public pool that gets inspected and licensed annually by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). As such, we are bound by the guidelines set forth by the state of Illinois and the IDPH itself. The PCA Board is committed to operating within the guidelines presented forth by these government bodies.

Per the current IDPH guidelines “During Phase 3, swimming facilities licensed by IDPH are not to be opened except for lap swimming, diving, swimming lessons, swim team practices, and therapy pool use”. As PCA does not have any of these so we are not able to open during Phase III.

Phase III rules remain in effect until June 26, at the earliest. While there is widespread expectation that Illinois will proceed to Phase IV at that time and the rules regarding pool operations will likely change at that time, currently, no one knows what those rules will be. Therefore, we cannot offer any assurance that we will be able to meet the new rules. Be assured that our goal is to do whatever we can to allow the pool to open when it is permitted under state and local guidelines, subject to whatever limitations may be imposed due to those guidelines. To that effect, we have been considering since the beginning of May the various rules that may be imposed during Phase IV, how to comply with them, and what the legal ramifications of those decisions would be. To provide transparency to the community, please find below a list of the anticipated guidelines and the decisions that need to be made to become compliant with them. While the options are being discussed, including those presented by the community residents to the Board by email or Board meeting attendance, final decisions cannot be made until new guidelines are presented forth by the IDPH.

Phase IV anticipated guidelines:

  1. 50 people max with social distancing and face mask usage
    1. The size of our pool deck will limit the attendance to under 50 residents.
    2. Points to consider:
      1. How is it determined who has to socially distance, and who does not because they are a family unit?
      2. If the guards need to enforce this, we will need an additional guard at all times for rule enforcement.
      3. If this does not get enforced by PCA/pool company, what liability does that put the association at from a legal standpoint should someone contract COVID-19?
      4. What system should be used to allow residents into the pool to ensure capacity allowance?
        1. Software/application system requires internet sign up: ease of use and reliabilityv         would need to be assessed.
        2. First come, first serve basis: need to set up sidewalk markers for wait line to come into the pool that enforces social distancing.
      5. Should there be group time slot for certain categories, such as a high risk community member hour or separating by subassociations?
        1. When should this be?
        2. Does this discriminate against other groups and cause potential liability to the association?
      6. Limit pool usage to only resident use, no guests allowed in Phase IV
      7. To follow social distancing and face mask usage, do we need to raise the age limit at which children can attend the pool without an adult and if so, what age should that be?
  2. Additional sanitization will be needed
    1. 30 minute break between pool attendee time slots to allow for sanitization of pool chairs, equipment, facilities
      1. Points to consider:
        1. Can we acquire enough sanitizers for surfaces and personal use?
        2. Do we allow chair usage and spend the time/resources to sanitize them, or remove all Prestbury owned chairs/equipment and only allow chairs brought in by the community?
        3. Water fountains and vending machines out of order for the remainder of Phase IV to limit cross contamination.
        4. Showers and lockers closed to limit cross contamination; only restroom usage allowed.
        5. Do we allow pool noodle use and in what capacity since these would need to be disinfected between usage?
        6. Should pool toys be allowed or banned during Phase IV?
  3. Potential for temperature scans:
    1. Point to consider:
      1. If temperature scans are needed:
        1. Are there any HIPPA violations with taking temperatures at the pool?
        2. Temperature scanners can be difficult to read in the heat, how do we handle false positives?
  4. Liability and Legal Responsibility of PCA in opening in Phase IV
    1. If someone who has attended the pool tests positive for COVID-19 after attending, what is PCA’s responsibility to notify the community/attendees at the time the person was at the pool?
    2. What actions does the pool need to take after a positive COVID-19 exposure?
      1. Deep professional sanitization: additional costs incurred
      2. Do we need to test all guards and close pool until all test negative? This is a 7 day shutdown.
      3. Does PCA have any liability should a lifeguard contract COVID-19 at PCA?
    3. Do we need a waiver signed by residents absolving PCA of any liability and does this actually cover PCA against a lawsuit?
    4. Will the insurance company still cover the PCA pool against COVID-19 related issues if we open in Phase IV?

As you will note, there are several suggestions from community members being evaluated as a potential path forward. We also have a great resource in our pool management company and the PCA’s management company, Associa. Both offer a wealth of information on how to comply with the anticipated guidelines. As the pool is the community’s amenity, we are always open to ideas from the community, and consider every one of them. But decisions have to wait until we can comply with government mandates, which we currently cannot.

As new information becomes available, the Board will make any decisions needed at that time and communicate to the community as quickly as possible. Again, this cannot occur until further guidance is provided by the state and IDPH.

I sincerely appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as it is the safety and well-being of the community with which this decision is being reached. I wish everyone health, safety, and peace during this very difficult time.

 

ATTENTION:

To All Prestbury Residents,

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cheshire Club and the Prestbury office will be closed until further notice.  We are continually monitoring the situation including evolving state guidelines and will make future decisions in a timely manner.

  

Please recognize the well-being of our Prestbury community members and our employees is always of utmost importance. Following the current recommendations on social distancing and group sizing will help to keep us safe and healthy as we all work together to protect each other during this difficult time.     We do realize that this disrupts plans many residents have made at the Cheshire Club in the near term but we believe that they will recognize the importance of this action.

In the interim, our PCA board assistant Nicki Leroy will be working normal hours at home.   She will be available via phone (331-454-2988) and email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to handle all normal PCA business.    If absolutely necessary, she will be available to meet at the office by appointment.  Please recognize our goal is to conduct as much PCA business electronically and by phone as possible and limit unnecessary exposure to all.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation. 

Sincerely,

PCA Board

 

TENNIS/PICKLEBALL COURT

USAGE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the courts at one time during Restore Illinois Phase 3.
  • Before coming to play wash your hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer
  • Refrain from sharing racquets/paddles or personal items
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other players
  • Avoid touching your face
  • If changing sides of the court do so at opposite ends of the net.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Leave the court as soon as possible upon completion to allow other residents to play
  • Please maintain social distancing while waiting and entering the courts.

 

Tennis/pickleball courts are to be utilized for those sports only. Courts are not to be used for bikes, scooters, or any other activity.

 

Please be certain to adhere to these rules which are meant for your safety and the safety of others as we move to open our recreational facilities. Refusal to abide by these rules could result in closing of the facility.

** Please contact the PCA Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell: 331-454-2988 office:630-466-1476 to register for the gate code. Must provide PCA ID card number.

Gate Code remains the same from last season.

Thank you,

PCA Board of Directors