Covid 19 Bannockburn FAQs:
The following FAQ’s were developed to help respond to questions that may come up for our pool operations in 2020. We are in unprecedented times and the situation and our response to Covid 19 is very fluid. These FAQs are subject to change based on regulations issued by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCHHS) and/or decisions made by the Bannockburn Pool Board of Directors on facility usage and limitations.
As your volunteer Bannockburn Pool Board, we are very happy to serve our wonderful and vibrant pool community. We ask for patience as we simply do not know what the future holds and might not have all the answers.
What can we expect if and when Bannockburn does open?
First and foremost, we expect there to be MCHHS directives in place that will determine how we can run our pool. We believe that there will be a limit to how many members can be at the pool at any given time. Per the Maryland Department of Health, swimmers must maintain a minimum, six-foot physical distance while in the pool and on the grounds. Therefore, we will have an online reservation system that will allow members to reserve time slots in advance. It’s likely that initially we’ll limit the number of slots you can reserve in a given week to allow for an equitable distribution of pool time.
How many will be allowed in the pool at any given time?
Based on MCHHS directives, it’s likely that initially we will only allow a maximum of 60 members at any given time to limit crowding and allow for maximum social distancing in the pool and on deck. We hope to expand this if and when MCHHS gives us the green light.
What will be the pool hours in 2020?
Since we are limiting capacity, we will extend the operating hours to 6:30 am – 8:30 pm daily, weather and daylight permitting.
Can we bring guests?
Not initially. When Bannockburn opens this season, only members will be allowed to use the pool initially. However, we’ll continue to revisit this decision as the season progresses in the hopes of relaxing this restriction.
Will the locker rooms and restrooms be open?
We plan to only have bathrooms open for use. We ask that members change and shower at home before and after their visit to the pool. Per the Maryland Department of Health, Bannockburn pool will maintain a supply of cleaning supplies for use.
Where can I find more information about our new reservation system and instructions?
Under the Summer 2020 tab on this website.
Can I just show up to swim as I’ve always done?
No, initially we’ll ask for all members to reserve time slots in advance to use the pool. However, if you notice that a time slot is not full you are welcome to come to the pool as a “walk up”. Being a walk up does not count towards your reservation limit.
Will you still offer early bird swim?
Yes, and we ask our lap swimmers to use our reservation system to reserve a lap lane. At this time, we are planning on having dedicated lap swimming every morning by reservation only from 6:00am to about 9am every week day and 6:00am to about 10am on weekends.
Will all the pools be available?
No, the baby pool will not be open initially. The other pools will be open.
Can my child come to the pool unaccompanied?
Because of Covid-19, we require children under the age of 8 to be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.
Can I still use the grill area?
Yes. The grill area will be open as of Saturday June 27
How will the facilities be cleaned?
There will be a period of time in between reservation slots for cleaning before the next set of members arrives. We will depend on our members to clean the furniture they intend to use when they arrive at the pool and again, when they leave. We will provide cleaning supplies for the furniture and ask that members NOT use any bleach on any of our new furniture. We plan to disinfect frequently touched surfaces and the bathhouse every few hours and clean floors, toilets and sinks with soap and water daily. Every night we will have professional cleaners cleaning the interior bathhouse space in both the mens’ and womens’ restrooms and other high touch areas.
Will members need to wear masks and practice physical distancing?
Staff and patrons will be required to wear face coverings when outside of the water whenever possible. This is especially important when walking around the deck and going to the restroom. Members can keep masks on while sitting down or choose to remove them as long as they are practicing social distancing from other pool members.
How safe will it be to swim at Bannockburn this summer?
Our pool management company along with our volunteer Board of Directors has developed policies, procedures and protocols that are aligned with State and County directives. We will absolutely attempt to maintain as safe an experience as possible for all our members. However, given the nature of an outdoor pool environment high-risk individuals and all members alike will need to make their own decision about coming to the pool at their own risk.
Will there be seating at the pool?
We expect limitations on use of poolside furniture and have come up with a plan to enable clusters of members to ensure they are socially distanced at a minimum of 6ft apart. This will be first come, first serve.
Will there be water basketball?
No, this will not be set up for play; also any beach balls or objects usually thrown/played with in the pool will not be allowed.
What about swim and dive teams?
Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) and Montgomery County Dive League (MCDL) recently announced the cancellation of their seasons. Bannockburn Swim Team will have programming beginning Monday June 29. Check the swim team page of this website.
Will you still be offering senior water aerobics?
Yes, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 2nd.
What about our Bannockburn social events?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to have our usual social events but stay tuned for possible virtual gatherings.
Will the food trucks continue to operate at the pool when we open?
Yes and they would love your business so please consider purchasing from them instead of bringing in your own food or food from other vendors. Check the calendar here for the food truck schedule. There is an average of four trucks per week providing food for purchase.
Will there be a Lost and Found?
No, there will be no Lost and Found. All left items will be removed when the pool closes at the end of the day.
Can I still celebrate my child’s birthday at the pool?
No, party reservations including external guests will not be available at this time.
Will you still be offering swim lessons?
Yes, but these are not learn to swim lessons but rather stroke coaching. Here is more information and a sign up.
Will you refund or discount our dues for the 2020 season?
No, as members of this club, we all have a financial obligation to cover the maintenance and facility costs of the pool each year. We still have to pay for insurance, mortgage, utilities, repairs, as well as manage, maintain, and secure the pools and grounds. We, as Bannockburn Members, must pay these expenses whether the pool is used or not.
Since we will be opening, it is very possible that even though we will have a shorter season, we still may incur the same or higher costs as regular seasons due to increased cleaning, longer daily operating hours and additional staffing expenses.
Since we have opened late, can we stay open later in September?
Maybe. We are discussing extending our season but it is too early to tell at this stage.
Will we be able to access Mohican pool when we close as we’ve done in the past?
No, unfortunately pre-Covid that arrangement ceased. Mohican’s membership has grown and they could no longer accommodate our members at their pool.
Anything else about member responsibilities?
Glad you asked! As we navigate a season that looks quite different from past years, we will ask that members make the Bannockburn Pledge (here) to keep ourselves and our wider community safe.
When and how can we expect to hear updates?
Please check this page and our updates for the latest information.
Where can I direct a question not listed here?
Please send your questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 07/01/2020