FCC PANDEMIC PROMISE PROGRAM
Membership for 2021 will open in March.
Please click here to read the FCC Pandemic Promise Program launched June 3, 2020. After consulting with our team, and industry experts, we put together this comprehensive plan so the our community members and clients are informed of the extensive research our team is doing to ensure the highest of safety levels. We will continue to update this with 2021 guidelines.
We feel it is important to share these endeavors with you, so that you too can have confidence in our entire organization.
It has been challenging to keep up with these every-changing guidelines. But it is our duty. Please bear with us as we too adjust to this new normal, and try to do our best to exceed the expectations of our community as a whole, while also protecting our team and our facility.
The following areas are addressed in this plan:
- Staff Training
- Social Distancing
- Pick Up + Delivery
- Cleaning + Disinfecting
If you are just interested in the Pandemic Plan as it relates to the pool, please read below
POOL – PANDEMIC PROMISE PROGRAM
We are actively monitoring the recommendations of the CDC and Montgomery County to Promote Behaviors that Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
The CDC says public aquatic venues should consider the below strategies to encourage healthy hygiene, which FCC will adhere to. We will monitor the guidance weekly, and adapt as needed.
- (Employee Training – See Section 1 of manual.)
- Communicating with our members about behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in facebook messaging, website, and e-blasts
- Communicate with members as to what our safety guidelines are
- Use of specific ECOLAB disinfectants throughout property
- Mapping out social distance lines for bathrooms and snack bar
- Frequent bathroom disinfecting
- Contactless payment options for guests
- Guests – no guests in June. Guests thereafter must be approved based on occupancy
- Institute online ordering for pool snack bar
- Ensuring that lifeguards who are actively lifeguarding are not also expected to monitor handwashing, use of cloth face coverings, or social distancing of others. Assign this monitoring responsibility to another staff member.
- No ‘rough housing’ in pool- monitored by lifeguards, may need additional parental support
- Cap members based on guidance on square footage
- Staff cannot refill member drink glasses
- Assuring Kitchen Manager has ServSafe certification
- Use of proper food vessels to encourage least amount of touches possible
- Encouraging and providing signage for all staff, patrons, and swimmers to wash their hands often
- Cloth Face Coverings while in public areas like: bathroom line and snack bar line.
- Encouraging the use of cloth face coverings as feasible. Face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
- Advise those wearing face coverings to not wear them in the water. Cloth face coverings can be difficult to breathe through when they’re wet.
- Staying Home if ill or with fever over 100
- Ensuring adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene. Supplies include soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), paper towels, tissues
- Posting signs about how to stop the spread of COVID-19 highly visible locations (for example, at deck entrances and at sinks).
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects each time they are used. For example: Handrails, slides, and structures for climbing or playing, chairs, tabletops, pool noodles, and kickboards
- Door handles and surfaces of restrooms, handwashing stations, etc
- Use of disinfectants approved by the U.S. EPA
- Ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants, including storing products securely away from children.
- Ensuring that ventilation systems of indoor spaces operate properly.
- Proper Filter and Water Systems for pool
- Taking steps to ensure that all water systems (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains, hot tubs) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
Guidelines for parents/guardians to discuss with family prior to opening:
- Bathroom guidelines above
- Handwashing guidelines
- Roughhousing in pool as state above
- Discourage sharing items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example, goggles, nose clips, and snorkels).
- Discouraging the sharing of items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with those they don’t live with.
- Teaching family members who are age-appropriate to use online ordering
- Purchasing gift cards for family members who are age appropriate who do not have a credit card, so that they can online order
- Please clean up trash after eating
Additional FCC Internal Practices and/or Considerations:
- Regulatory Awareness
- Being aware of local or state regulatory agency policies on gathering requirements or recommendations to determine if events, such as aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons, swim team practice, swim meets, or pool parties can be held.
- Staggered or Rotated Shifts
- Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact
- Designating a staff member to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All staff should know who this person is and how to contact him or her.
- Assuring any group events, gatherings, or meetings are in line with the phases dictated by local and state government
- Asking parents to consider if their children are capable of staying at least 6 feet apart from people they don’t live with before taking them to a public aquatic venue.
- Limiting any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations.
- Notifying local health authorities of COVID-19 cases.
- Implementing sick leave (time off) policies and practices for staff that are flexible and non-punitive.
- Developing return-to-work policies aligned with CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
- Back-Up Staffing Plan
- Monitoring absenteeism of staff and creating a roster of trained back-up staff.
- Training staff on all safety protocols prior to working a shift (see Employee Training Section 1)
- Training staff on warning signs of COVID-19, and to stay home if ill
- All staff subject to temperature monitoring (see Employee Training Section 1)
Our membership coordinator is Denise McKelvie. If you have any questions, please email Dmckelvie@flourtowncc.com.
Check back often for updates, or check our member facebook page.
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