The Recreation Centers of Sun City West would like to remind its social clubs, gym and indoor fitness users that those facilities remain closed due to state mandates.
Several club members have questioned why the Rec Centers has closed certain facilities, as well as why we are enforcing a mask mandate. To summarize:
- Masks are required throughout Maricopa County, by order of the Board of Supervisors.
- Gyms, fitness centers and indoor exercise classes are prohibited by order of the Governor.
- All gatherings of more than 50 people, even if outdoors and even with social distancing in place, are prohibited by the Governor.
- The Rec Centers is not scheduling club events in Beardsley Park due to the 50-person rule. We are making an exception for the Special Events Department due to the need to secure bands in advance, and to allow adequate time for ticket sales. However, it is understood these may be canceled if the state does not lift its ban on gatherings of 50 or more.
- The Rec Centers is not scheduling larger clubs in Palm Ridge Summit Hall and RH Johnson Social Hall in part because of the 50-person rule, but also because those rooms are being reserved for Governing Board and Committee meetings, which need larger space due to physical distancing requirements.
- The Rec Centers’ clubs that are not yet open are closed because they involve indoor fitness classes; they require physical interaction (dancing); or they are inherently social (cards, Boomers) and six-foot distancing cannot be achieved.
The state will allow gyms and fitness centers in each county to reopen when certain benchmarks are hit. The Rec Centers is closely watching Maricopa County’s numbers and will apply to reopen as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for announcements on suncitywest.com/covid19, on Facebook, and in the weekly enews.
Thank you for complying to keep all of us safe!!
I’m a member of line dancing and with the appropriate space, it is easy to do with the restrictions. It is seldom, if ever that we are within six feet of each other, so I’ve never understood your hard and fast line on this, especially during the summer when many people are gone. Further, I find it troublesome that both the summit hall and the social hall must be removed from use. Can’t the board and committees agree to work differently to open one of these large areas for use? Since March 12, I have continued to support and defend the decisons made by the Rec Centers, but I’m also finding little give on your part when there’s an opportunity like this.
I am also a member of the Line Dance Club. I have sent emails to the GM a few times. I have got a reply always with many excuses why we cannot open up. Actually right in the very beginning of the viruses we actually had two of our classes where we were told we had to be “6 ft apart. We did the classes and had no problems. We never line dance close together anyway. As others have stated those of us who are “active” three or four times a week we are desperate to get back to normal. That doesn’t mean doing nothing for all these months. Today our Gov. Ducey announced the positivity rate at 6%. Not 12%..This is not good for our morale and especially not healthy.
I feel that our GM and Board are being unrealistically strict with the opening of SCW. You are all causing way way more damage to our community than good. I understand how frightening this virus has been. But… the numbers are down and we all need to return to the activities that drew us to this community in the first place. Let us make our own decisions of what risks if any we want to take. You NEED to open up. Stop hiding behind the Governor. Dance In Line… is NOT going to spread the virus. We social distance naturally and never leave sweat or spit on anything. OPEN US UP!!!!!!!
I agree with Pam Biggs about opening up for exercise and dance classes. For us seniors, we need to have movement for our bodies and cannot sit idly at home. Don’t treat us like children, we can social distance, sanitize, and wear masks when needed. Why was Tai Chi closed? We don’t move in class and wear masks. This was a great exercise for my body for movement and balance. Open up and let us be NORMAL again.
This is somewhat informative but the headline of the email indicates “gyms awaiting approval from state”. I thought you had to share with the state your plans for the gym opening and then state would approve or deny? Or is all of this predicated on the percentage of Positive cases hitting a certain number? Has SCW submitted their opening Plans to the state?
Also, it seems to me line dancing could easily social distance 6 feet and considerably less than 50. Even if masks were required we could gut through that!
Finally, finding a scheduling way of accommodating the committee meetings such that one of the facilities could be used for other things seems to me could be done. Might not be easy but if forced to do so I bet we could make it work.
Line dancing keeps everyone at a distance anyway. I can understand card clubs and shoulder to shoulder events. But, let dancers dance.
Thank GOD the golf course is open.
So everything is closed. Seems to me the corporation will have a hude savings on electricity, water, maintenance, toilet paper etc.
How about giving us a rebate on our dues
Our Karaoke Club has submitted a plan which includes social distancing as well as sanitation procedures. No one wants to get sick. We know that. However, limiting social contact is damaging to our mental well being. We need to have something to do. the Governor’s restrictions are unrealistic. We are adults. Let us be the judge of what is safe and what is frivolous.
Since people are allowed to bowl we should be allowed to dance in a line. Can you petition our Governor to reclassify us out of the “gym category?” Can you have your Board and Committee meetings at another location? Our Rock “N Rhythm dance class meets on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.. I doubt if you have meetings on Saturday. Let us have our dance classes!
I agree and the numbers for SCW I may be wrong but if taken from the hospitals include many people outside SCW
You are correct. 62% of Banner patients come from Surprise and 37% from 85374 which also includes some areas outside SCW.
I’m an adult and am fully capable of making my own decision as to whether to support any club by attending classes/events or to stay home. I pay yearly rec fees — please open clubs!!
Since people are allowed to bowl we should be allowed to dance in a line. Can you petition our Governor to reclassify us out of the “gym category?” Can you have your Board and Committee meetings at another location? Our Rock “N Rhythms class meets on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.. I doubt if you have meetings on Saturdays. Let us go to our dance classes. Martha McCorkle