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SCW’s fitness centers, indoor pools slated for Feb. 22 reopening

SCW’s fitness centers, indoor pools slated for Feb. 22 reopening

Feb. 18 Update: When originally published, the Rec Centers had set Monday, Feb. 22, as a tentative reopening date. Today (Feb. 18), the Rec Centers can now confirm that the Feb. 22 reopening date is now official. The word “tentatively” will now be removed from this page in order to reflect the change.

With Maricopa County’s announcement this week that 44 percent of county residents 75 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, coupled with a decline in the case trajectory, the Recreation Centers of Sun City West announces plans to reopen its fitness centers and indoor pools on Feb. 22.

Maricopa County is still seeing substantial transmission in COVID cases, and there are concerns that the case trajectory could begin climbing again if the COVID variants that are more contagious begin spreading. However, the Arizona Department of Health Services’ business metrics shows a consistent decline in all three measurements. There is also a two-week lag in those numbers.

“Due to the lag in reporting, we believe by Feb. 22 at least one of the metrics will drop below the substantial threshold, putting us back into the moderate transmission category. That category allows the Rec Centers to operate its indoor gyms and pools at 25 percent capacity,” said General Manager Bill Schwind.

For example, ADHS’s website shows one such metric – hospital visits for COVID-like illness in Maricopa County – at 11.9 percent, but that number is for Jan. 24. The Jan. 31 number shows the state at 9.8 percent (county-level data for Jan. 31 is not yet available).

“We believe this decline will continue, and in anticipation of the new numbers meeting the threshold for 25 percent occupancy, we will be ready to open by Feb. 22,” Schwind said.

Per the Governor’s Executive Orders 2020-43 and 2020-52, special events of more than 50 people will continue to be prohibited unless the organizers receive a special event license from Maricopa County.

Masks must continue to be worn in all indoor areas. Guests also will not be allowed at this time, except for golf and bowling, both of which have public play policies. In bowling, guests must have their own equipment and follow all social distancing rules. No spectators are allowed.

Other departments within the Association are open as follows:

Indoor facilities: Gyms, indoor pools, spas, Palm Ridge’s indoor walking track, group fitness, and shower/locker rooms will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Spa services and personal training also will be offered. The gyms will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. each day for deep cleanings. Capacity in all these facilities will be limited to 25 percent. For the spas, capacity is limited to six at Beardsley, Kuentz and R.H. Johnson. Palm Ridge spas are limited to three. Racquetball and table tennis at R.H. Johnson will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Outdoor facilities: Tennis, pickleball, lawn bowls, walking tracks, bocce, mini-golf, etc. will remain open. Equipment is available for rent at the Activities Center and is cleaned between users.

Library: Curbside pickup for materials; Data Resource by appointment only. Call 623-544-6130.

Golf: Open with existing precautions in place. Shotguns and crossovers will remain on hold as these events can bring more than 100 people together at one time.

Sports Pavilion: Open with existing precautions in place.

Clubs: Chartered clubs were not affected by Executive Orders, however the Rec Centers has opted to close the social, card and dance clubs as those cannot physically distance. The rest can open if they choose, however several have closed on their own accord. A list of which clubs are closed and which are open with restrictions can be found at suncitywest.com/covid19.

Member Services: By appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 623-544-6100.

Administrative/Governing Board Offices: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6000.

Village Store: Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with precautions in place.

For the latest COVID information from the Rec Centers, visit suncitywest.com/COVID19, and sign up for the weekly enews.

COVID-19 Update: RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools remain closed until Feb. 15

COVID-19 Update: RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools remain closed until Feb. 15

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s COVID Task Force has extended the closure of the fitness centers and indoors pools through at least Monday, Feb. 15.

The Rec Centers has been tracking state, county and local case counts in determining its position. Charting the number of cases in zip code 85375 shows a drastic incline in cases since just after the Thanksgiving holiday. The trend has not slowed.

Additionally, the White House’s Coronavirus Report this week showed Arizona leads the country for new cases, deaths and hospital admissions due to COVID.

“We continue to head in the wrong direction,” said General Manager Bill Schwind. “As we’ve said all along, we will follow the science and take our lead from health officials, who are warning we are not nearly out of the woods yet. The state’s vaccination program is starting to find its groove, and as more and more people are vaccinated, we will see the trend start slowing. We’re all looking forward to that decline. We want to get the facilities open as soon as possible.”

The extended closure covers the fitness centers and indoor pools, in line with the attestation the Rec Centers filed when the COVID closures first started. Chartered clubs were not affected by this attestation, but several of the clubs have closed on their own accord. A list of which clubs are closed and which are open with restrictions can be found at suncitywest.com/covid19. Mask mandates remain in effect at all indoor facilities.

Other departments within the Association remain status quo. Residents should check the website for the latest. As of now, the departments open/closed schedule is as follows:

Fitness Centers (including indoor swimming pools and spas, racquetball, table tennis, massage, personal training and group fitness): Closed through at least Feb. 15. The closure will be extended if needed. Outdoor facilities (tennis, pickleball, lawn bowls, walking tracks, bocce, mini golf, etc.) will remain open. Equipment is available for rent at the activities center, and is cleaned between users.

Golf & Sports Pavilion: Open with existing precautions in place.

Clubs: Most open with the exception of social clubs and those that can’t physically distance. Those clubs that are open are strongly encouraged to enact voluntary closures at this time; closures may be mandated in the future.

Member Services: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6100.

Administrative/Governing Board Offices: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6000.

Library: Curbside pickup for materials; Data Resource by appointment only. Call 623-544-6130 but expect wait times on the phone.

Village Store: Open with precautions in place.

For the latest COVID information from the Rec Centers, visit suncitywest.com/COVID19, and sign up for the weekly Enews at suncitywest.com.

COVID-19 cases in the Sun City West zipcode (85375)

Data provided from Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 data dashboard

Presidents’ Day closures set for Sun City West

Presidents’ Day closures set for Sun City West

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s Membership, Administrative offices and Golf Operations will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

All Sun City West golf courses as well as the Sports Pavilion and Village Store will be open regular business hours.

The Library will be closed as usual on that Monday.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 concerns, guests are currently not allowed in the facilities. Please check suncitywest.com/covid19 for the latest information.

2021 Spring Fest, Arts and Crafts Fair cancelled

2021 Spring Fest, Arts and Crafts Fair cancelled

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the large crowd sizes present at each event, the Rec Centers have cancelled this year’s Spring Fest and Spring Arts and Crafts Fair.

Held every spring, the Spring Fest event sells out Beardsley Park to the tune of about 2,400 patrons every year. With such a large crowd size, combined with the need to make decisions ahead of time due to contract agreements, the decision has been made to cancel the event for the safety and wellbeing of Sun City West residents and RCSCW staff.

Refunds will be given to those who purchased tickets for Spring Fest. Please expect to receive a phone call sometime over the next few weeks as the refund process begins. Also note that refunds will only be given to the original ticket buyer.

The Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, a popular event for Sun City West’s arts and crafts clubs to showcase their creations to the community, has also been cancelled due to the large crowd size the event draws. The Village Store continues to sell these one-of-a-kind items. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional updates concerning COVID-19 and the Rec Centers, please visit suncitywest.com/COVID19.

COVID-19 Update: RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools remain closed until Feb. 15

RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools remain closed

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s COVID Task Force has extended the closure of the fitness centers and indoors pools through at least Feb. 1.

COVID cases continue to rise in Maricopa County and Sun City West, while health officials warn the state may have to implement its Crisis of Standards Care plan, which determines the priority for care in hospitals if there is a shortage of beds, supplies and healthcare staff. Should that plan be put into effect, further closures will be considered.

Several chartered clubs have closed on their own accord. A list of which clubs are closed and which are open with restrictions can be found at suncitywest.com/covid19. Mask mandates remain in effect at all indoor facilities.

Other departments within the Association remain status quo, but that could change at any time. Residents should check suncitywest.com/COVID19 for the latest. As of now, the departments open/closed schedule is as follows:

Fitness Centers (including indoor swimming pools and spas, racquetball, table tennis, massage, personal training and group fitness): Closed through Feb. 1. The closure will be extended if needed. Outdoor facilities (tennis, pickleball, lawn bowls, walking tracks, bocce, mini golf, etc.) will remain open. Equipment is available for rent at the activities center, and is cleaned between users.

Golf & Sports Pavilion: Open with existing precautions in place.

Clubs: Most open with the exception of social clubs and those that can’t physically distance. Those clubs that
are open are strongly encouraged to enact voluntary closures at this time; closures may be mandated in the future.

Member Services: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6100.

Administrative/Governing Board Offices: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6000.

Library: Curbside pickup for materials; Data Resource by appointment only. Call 623-544-6130 but expect wait times on the phone.

Village Store: Open beginning Jan. 11 with precautions in place.

For the latest COVID information from the Rec Centers, visit suncitywest.com/COVID19, and sign up for the weekly Enews.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday closures in Sun City West

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday closures in Sun City West

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s Membership, Administrative offices and Golf Operations will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All Sun City West golf courses, as well as the Sports Pavilion and Village Store, will be open regular business hours.

The Library will be closed as usual on that Monday.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 concerns, guests are currently not allowed in the facilities. Please check suncitywest.com/covid19 for the latest information.

RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pool closure extended to Jan. 11

RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pool closure extended to Jan. 11

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West’s COVID Task Force has determined the fitness centers and indoors pools will remain closed through at least Jan. 11.

The determination was based on information from health officials that the current case trajectory is expected to peak Jan. 8; at the same time hospitals have been filling up. Banner Health announced that on Dec. 28, 10 hospitals were diverting patients – meaning sending them to other hospitals due to capacity issues.

“This means that the hospitals are closed to incoming emergency transports and hospital transfers while they quickly work to address a backlog of patients,” Banner Health reported on its Twitter page. “Diversion only applies to incoming transfers. Walk-in patients will still be seen and cared for as quickly as possible; they will not be turned away. In addition, we have not yet activated the triage addendum to Arizona’s Crisis Standards of Care plan.

The Crisis Standards of Care plan determines the priority for care in hospitals if there is a shortage of beds, supplies and healthcare staff.

The fitness centers and indoor pools were closed Dec. 21 as Maricopa County reached “substantial” spread in cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services metrics. When the state first closed these facilities in June, the Association was required to sign an attestation agreeing to following certain cleaning and physical distancing protocols in order to reopen. That attestation included the understanding that the facilities would close again if the metrics fell back into the substantial range. The Governor and state health department have since back pedaled on some of those metrics, however the Association will continue to abide by the attestation it signed.

As a result, the four fitness centers, including the gyms and indoor pools, will remain closed until at least Jan. 11.

The chartered clubs were not covered in the attestation and therefore remain open. However, the Association strongly recommends clubs close on their own accord, and many have. “We are seeing at least one positive COVID case a day in our clubs,” said General Manager Bill Schwind. “We know our residents want to continue doing what they enjoy, but we strongly encourage them to avoid the club rooms. Stay at home, wear a mask and stay healthy.”

Other departments within the Association remain as is, but their status could change at any time. Residents should check suncitywest.com/COVID19 for the latest. As of now, the departments open/closed schedule is as follows:

Fitness Centers (including indoor swimming pools and spas, racquetball, table tennis, massage, personal training and group fitness): Closed through Jan. 11. The closure will be extended if needed. Outdoor facilities (tennis, pickleball, lawn bowls, walking tracks, etc.) will remain open; bring your own equipment.

Golf & Sports Pavilion: Open with existing precautions in place.

Clubs: Most open with the exception of social clubs and those that can’t physically distance. Some clubs have chosen to close on their own accord due to COVID cases (check suncitywest.com/COVID19 for the latest). Clubs are strongly encouraged to enact voluntary closures at this time; closures may be mandated in the future.

Member Services: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6100.

Administrative/Governing Board Offices: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6000.

Library: Curbside pickup for materials; Data Resource by appointment only. Call 623-544-6130 but expect wait times on the phone.

Village Store: Open beginning Jan. 11 with precautions in place.

 

For the latest COVID information from the Rec Centers, visit suncitywest.com/COVID19, and sign up for the weekly enews at suncitywest.com.

Library Holiday Hours

The Library curbside hours are 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday thru Saturday.

On Thursday, December 24 the Library Curbside hours are shortened to 9 am to 1 pm.

The Library and Data Resource Center will be closed for all services on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1.

 

COVID-19 Update: RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools remain closed until Feb. 15

RCSCW fitness centers, indoor pools to close Monday

For those wanting to learn more about the information from Dr. Marjorie Bessel referenced in our press release, please check out her presentation here.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West will close its four fitness centers, including the gyms and indoor pools, starting Monday, Dec. 21, and continuing through at least Jan. 3 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The move comes as the three metrics used by the Arizona Department of Health Services on its Business Covid Dashboard have all entered into the red, meaning they are considered “substantial.”

The metrics must be in the red for two consecutive weeks before the entire dashboard moves into the substantial range. As of today, Maricopa County is still listed as moderate because there has only been one week with all three metrics in the red. However, the latest numbers are for Nov. 29 since there is a two-week lag time to allow for late reporting on case information.

“Although we are seeing only one week of substantial range in the county as of yet, we know next week’s numbers will be worse than this week’s due to the Thanksgiving surge, and all of the numbers lag by two weeks. So we have no doubt the entire county officially will be in substantial range next Thursday when new numbers are posted,” said General Manager Bill Schwind.

When the dashboard was first announced, state officials indicated a move into the red for two weeks would trigger closures of gyms and fitness centers. Since then, however, Gov. Doug Ducey has stepped back some of those comments, indicating he might not enact new closures.

The Rec Centers is closing the fitness centers as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of residents and employees most of who fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19 due to our demographics. More than 50 employees have been quarantined since the start of the pandemic due to testing positive for COVID, or being exposed to someone who has tested positive. At least 11 clubs have seen members with positive cases.

“The Rec Centers has been proactive from the beginning of this pandemic, and we will continue to do what we feel is necessary to keep our residents and employees safe,” said General Manager Bill Schwind. “Whether the Governor enacts closures or not, we signed an attestation with the Arizona Department of Health Services when we were first able to reopen our fitness centers, and we will abide by that attestation. That means we are closing the gyms now that the county is in the red on all three metrics.”

Other departments within the Association remain as is, but their status could change at any time. Residents should check suncitywest.com/COVID19 for the latest. This includes chartered clubs, who are seeing a spike in cases within their facilities; many of these have involved hospitalizations, and a few have been fatal cases. Those club members who may have been exposed are notified as soon as cases are reported, and the facilities are cleaned above and beyond the usual cleaning schedule to account for these cases.

As of now, the departments open/closed schedule is as follows:

Fitness Centers (including indoor swimming pools and spas, racquetball, table tennis, massage, personal training and group fitness): Closed through Jan. 3. The closure will be extended if needed. Outdoor facilities (tennis, pickleball, lawn bowls, walking tracks, etc.) will remain open; bring your own equipment.

Golf & Sports Pavilion: Open with existing precautions in place.

Clubs: Most open with the exception of social clubs and those that can’t physically distance. Some clubs have chosen to close on their own accord due to COVID cases (check suncitywest.com/COVID19 for the latest). Clubs are strongly encouraged to enact voluntary closures at this time; closures may be mandated in the future. All indoor fitness/dance activities in Palm Ridge Summit A and B are closed.

Member Services: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6100.

Administrative/Governing Board Offices: By appointment only. Call 623-544-6000.

Library: Curbside pickup for materials; Data Resource by appointment only. Call 623-544-6130 but expect wait times on the phone as we are extremely busy.

Village Store: Closed Dec. 28 through at least Jan. 3; reopening will be evaluated with the fitness centers.

The Association’s Pandemic Task Force is enacting the new closures because we have been and will continue to follow the guidance of state and national health officials who are encouraging all Arizona residents to “mask up and shrink your circles.” The latest sobering warning came from Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer for Banner Health, which operates both Del E. Webb and Boswell Hospitals in the Sun Cities.

Bessel on Friday morning reported some of its facilities are now using refrigerated trucks for body storage at one facility, with another on standby. She said Banner was speaking up as the White House Coronavirus Task Force has stated Arizona mitigation efforts must increase as the state is back in a period of uncontrolled spread.

Bessel said the state has seen the highest number of hospitalized COVID patients since the pandemic began, exceeding the summer surge. COVID cases account for 49 percent of all hospitalizations in Arizona. “Think about that for a minute,” Bessel said. “Nearly half of patients being cared for in our Arizona hospitals are there for a disease that didn’t even exist last year.”

Bessel advised that those in ICU for COVID require a higher level of care than a typical ICU patient due to the nature of the disease; on average, COVID patients in the ICU spend two weeks on a ventilator. “For those who are fortunate enough to leave the hospital, they have a slow road as full recovery can take months.”

COVID hospitalizations increased 93 percent in November. They increased again by that same number in the first 15 days of December. Exponential growth doubling time was four weeks in November; it was two weeks in December. “There is concern this will go into one week and then four days over the Christmas holidays,” she said.

ICU occupancy is 150 percent of a peak year at this time. While all ICU beds are not full, that’s because the hospitals have increased their ICU capacity by doubling up beds in rooms and adding ICU beds to new areas, she stated. Arizona has not enacted its crisis care triage procedures, which determines who gets care, but that would go into effect if ICU staffing and supplies fall short.

Details on Dr. Bessel’s presentation can be found here.

For the latest closure information at the Rec Centers, visit suncitywest.com/COVID19, and sign up for the weekly enews at suncitywest.com/enews.

Rec Centers explains Prop 207’s impact on SCW

Press Release

12/14/2020

Rec Centers explains Prop 207’s impact on SCW

With the passage of Proposition 207, which legalizes marijuana for private use under specific regulations in the state of Arizona, the Recreation Centers advises its members of the following:

1. Smoking or growing marijuana on Association property is prohibited. This includes inside club rooms (including the greenhouse and agricultural fields), recreation facilities or on Association-owned outdoor space such as the golf courses, walking tracks and Beardsley Park.

2. Growing marijuana outside is essentially prohibited as the law requires cultivation to be inside a closet, room, greenhouse or other enclosed area on the grounds of a residence equipped with a lock or other security device. Cultivation also must be in an area where the plants are not visible from public view without use of binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids.

3. All sets of CC&Rs throughout the community prohibit the building of outdoor greenhouses, sheds and other such buildings on private property.