Updates From Darlene Bradley

Notification from: Tanglewood

Governor DeSantis recently announced that Florida is entering Phase 3 of the reopening process, and we want to share what this announcement means for you.

The virus is still prevalent in our daily lives, this is underscored by the recent news of the President and First Lady’s COVID diagnosis, as well as a significant uptick in cases in several states across the country.

Throughout this pandemic, the safety of our residents and team members has been and will continue to be our top priority. While we follow guidance from the CDC, the state and local municipalities and health departments, we also must take into consideration the policies and procedures we believe are most safe for our residents, customers and employees as we balance the reopening process.

Thank you for all you’ve done over the past several months to adhere to our community guidelines. With your continued cooperation, we can help minimize the spread of the virus within our communities as our facilities begin to safely reopen. All residents and Hometown team members have a personal responsibility to follow CDC and health department guidelines for their own safety and the safety of others. We should all feel proud of the support we have shown to one another to keep our communities safe to date.

As a reminder, health officials recommend we practice the following:

●Avoiding close contact with individuals outside of your household, including maintaining at least a 6 feet distance from other individuals.

●Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

●Covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.

●Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.

●Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

●Monitoring your health daily and staying alert for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Changes to Community Protocols

We’ve outlined any changes to existing protocols below. We know that close contact with other people, especially indoors, increases risk. The more people an individual interacts with at any gathering, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus to others. No matter where you go, please stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Pools  and Fitness Centers will have hours of operation as listed below, with increased cleaning before or after closing. Facilities will close for an hour midday to allow for extra cleaning. All occupancy and cleaning protocols will remain the same.

Pool- 7am-Dusk, closed 2pm-3pm for cleaning

Fitness Center- Open 24 Hours, closed at 9am-10am and 4pm-5pm for cleaning

Saunas will be open to groups of the same household, open for fifteen-minute time slots. Residents are required to wipe down the area and door handles upon exit with provided cleaning supplies. Hand sanitizer will be available for use before entering.

Sales and Operations Offices will continue to remain closed with the current protocols in place.

Outdoor gatherings will no longer have a limit on number of guests. Residents are expected to social distance at six feet or more at all times. Reservations for spaces will be required, along with a questionnaire of safety protocols in place during the event, including required mask use and social distancing guidelines.

Contact sports will continue to follow the current safety protocol in place.

Noncontact sports courts, such as pickleball and shuffleboard, sections will remain closed to promote social distancing during play. For game reservations, we suggest team members be of the same households. No congregating before or after play or spectators are allowed.

Darts and billiards are recommended to be played by members of the same household. Players will need to bring their own supplies when possible, and masks are required indoors.

Billiards are open 24 Hours, closed at 9am-10am and 4pm-5pm for cleaning

Nonsporting outdoor facilities, such as dog parks, will continue to follow the current safety protocol in place.

Libraries will continue to follow the current safety protocol in place.

Card games will not be allowed at this time, to encourage distancing of six feet or more. We have found card games to be a high-risk behavior in our communities.

Water fountains will remain closed. We suggest all residents bring their own water bottles.

Clubhouse reservations remain required and are available for groups of 50 or less. For groups larger than 20 guests, doors must remain open to improve air ventilation. Our attendance limit policy is based off of CDC guidelines that classify medium-sized in-person gatherings as medium-risk. Masks are required indoors and we encourage individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart from individuals in other households.

Darlene D. Bradley
Community Manager, Tanglewood

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