COVID-19 Pool Updates

From the BRRA Board of Directors 2020

July 24, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Residents’ Club Pool is now open!

Pool Hours:  Open seven days a week from 10 am through 6 pm

We ask that you please be respectful of your fellow owners, staff, and comply with all health and safety practices implemented to keep our community members safe.  Please take the time to review the Covid-19 Pool Rules and Regulations for these unprecedented times.  Additionally, you will need to sign the Acknowledgement document in accordance with the Covid-19 Pool Rules.

We will continue to evaluate these policies as situations evolve and review our owner’s needs.

Click Here for 2020 Pool Rules

Click Here for COVID-19 Additional Pool Rules

Click Here for Pool Rules Acknowledgement

July 23, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are finalizing plans to open the Residents’ Club pool.

The North Tower Pool opened successfully and remains in compliance.  We made the decision to do the same for the Residents’ Club pool.

We are in the process of finalizing the policies and procedures and hiring monitors. We want to be sure that once we open, we remain in compliance.

More details coming soon!

June 26, 2020

The Board would like to thank the Voting Members for surveying the membership with regards to the possibility of opening the swimming pool at the Residents' Club.  The majority of the respondents were not in favor of opening the pool.

The Board has made the decision that the Residents' Club swimming pool will remain closed due to the rising number of COVID cases being reported.

The Board will revisit this matter on July 9th to determine if the pool can reopen the weekend of July 16th.

May 20, 2020

The Board is concerned that our insurance company, due to the South Carolina DHEC guidelines, will not defend the BRRA if someone comes down with Covid-19 and decides to sue us for not following the guidelines, regardless of merit.  The insurance companies absolve themselves from any responsibility to protect the BRRA. 

This means that any and all law suits would be paid for by assessing the residents.  Our lawyers estimate the cost to be in the range from $50K-$75K per case.  This could mean substantial assessments to our residents which we believe is not in your best interest.

If and when DHEC eliminates the guidelines, the insurance will come back into play and we will be able to open the pools.  We are still responsible to maintain the pools.  When the day arrives that we can begin to open, we will be prepared.

May 15, 2020

As set forth by the State of South Carolina, swimming pools in the State may re-open for use on May 18th subject to the guidelines issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“DHEC”).  In addition to the general guidelines issued by DHEC regarding COVID19, DHEC has issued specific guidelines for swimming pools.

DHEC Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Facilities should only allow 20% of normal occupancy or 5 people (staff and visitors) per 1000 square feet of pool and deck area, whichever is less.
  2. Person-to-person interaction and activities between members of separate households should be limited and social distancing of six feet between them should be practiced.
  3. Commonly used surfaces such as bathrooms, doors, handrails, ladders, gates, lawn chairs, drinking water fountains, picnic tables, etc. should be cleaned and disinfected between each use by a different person, or at a minimum, once a day.
  4. Hand sanitizer should be provided for use by all staff and visitors.
  5. Signs and/or examples of six-foot areas related to social distancing should be posted.
  6. Full compliance with SC Public Swimming Pool Regulation 61-51 is always required.
  7. Remove from service or regularly disinfect sharable equipment (for example, kick boards, floats, etc.)
  8. Consider lane reservations to allow family groups to use a lane or specific area of a pool.
  9. Consider a phased approach to opening that brings back lane swimming and limited number participant classes before opening for general swimming.
  10. Life guards should continue to follow universal precautions when rendering first aid of any type to patrons.
  11. Follow CDC guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting.
  12. Follow all applicable CDC Public Swimming Pool Reopening

Guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html

After reviewing these guidelines, the Barefoot Resort Residential Owners Association Board of Directors has decided to keep the Residents’ Club Pool closed until DHEC relaxes the guidelines for swimming pools. 

This decision is based upon the following considerations:

1.  The cost to purchase the sanitizers and cleaning supplies needed, if they can be located.

2.  The number of employees needed to satisfy the DHEC swimming pool guidelines.

3.  The cost to hire the individuals needed to clean and monitor the pools.

4.  The Associations’ inability to enforce DHEC’s swimming pool guidelines.

5.  The legal exposure to the Associations if the pools are opened and the guidelines not put into practice.

The BRRA Board regrets that it had to make this decision. When DHEC revises and/or relaxes the swimming pool guidelines, the Board will revisit this decision regarding the opening of the Residents’ Club Pool.

NOTE The Residents’ Center Clubhouse will remain closed.