We are excited to say that Olney Mill Swim Club will be opening its doors on Saturday June 20th! We have all been anticipating that we would be able to open to our community. OMSC is fortunate that we continued with all preparations to get us to Opening Day. Our main priority is still to keep our members safe. Our opening will follow the Montgomery County Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines. As phase changes are announced, we will be fluid and make updates. These restrictions are for the health and safety of our membership and our employees.
We have created a reservation system through SignUpGenius with three time slots per day - 11am to 2pm, 2:30 - 5:30pm and 6-9pm. We have allotted 30 minutes between sessions for cleaning and to limit cross trafficking of members. We ask that families only sign up for one session per day to maximize the number of families that can use the pool during this Phase 2 period. Please sign up with the entire number of people in your membership that will attend. You may use the link below to sign up for slots during this first week:
Members are to enter at the front desk. Each membership will need to review and sign a waiver prior to entry. Use of the pool is at your own risk, as stated in the bylaws. We have set up areas on the grass and under the pavilion with tables, umbrellas and (2) lounge chairs per area. These have been set up to keep each household separate. Please do not move tables. These have been placed to create minimum 6’-0” clearance once any chairs are pulled away from tables. We are asking that members bring their own chairs at this time. Members will be asked to leave promptly at the end of their swim session and exit through the side gate to the parking lot. If you leave early during your session you may exit through the main desk entrance. Please also keep in mind that sessions are subject to weather conditions and cannot be rescheduled due to weather-related closings. We are in the process of shifting to a new membership management system called MemberSplash that will make it easier in the future to administer your membership account and reserve session time. We are very excited to be rolling this out. Reservations will be soon available using this platform.
Some other items to keep in mind while planning your visit;
- All children who are still in diapers MUST utilize a rubber diaper swim cover. OMSC will have them for sale should you not have any.
- The baby pool will not be open at this time due to county regulations.
- Bring your own chairs.
- You must wear a facemask when entering and moving about the facility. They are not required in the pool or at your seats.
- Ice cream/snacks will not be on sale during the first week. We will see how everything goes and assess if we can start selling in the near future.
- There will be one lap lane available for use. We ask that all members are respectful and take turns.
- The diving board and slide will be closed for now so that we can utilize the well to maximize water use.
- No guests will be allowed at this time.
- No private parties will be allowed at this time.
Again, we thank you for your continued support and encouragement and ask that you remain patient and understanding as we operate during these circumstances. We strongly encourage everyone to be mindful of the rules and help make sure that your children understand and adhere to these policies. We will continue to monitor day-to-day operations and communicate any updates or changes. This is why it is so important that we have your current email addresses. Updates will be done via our website, Facebook and email. We are so happy to be seeing you soon and we hope you enjoy your time at the pool!
Please see the most recent link to county pool opening information.
At this time the Phase 2 Guidelines are as follows:
- All indoor and outdoor swimming pools may reopen once inspected and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services' Licensure & Regulatory Services program.
- All hot tubs, spray or splash pads, wading pools and lazy river pools must remain closed until Phase 3.
- Swimming pools may open after determining the maximum number of people who may be permitted in the pool fenced-enclosure (this includes pool deck and grounds). To determine this, divide the square footage surface area of the pool by 36. This ensures 6 feet of separation between pool patrons in the water.
- Lap lanes may only be used by one patron in the water at a time.
- If the pool is open for lap swimming only, the maximum number of people who may be permitted in the pool fenced enclosure at one time is limited to the number of lap lanes plus one additional person per lap lane until Phase 3.
- Should pools decide to have both open water areas and lap lanes simultaneously, the maximum number allowed in the pool's fenced enclosure is limited to the open water surface area only until Phase 3. (This will allow for in-water fitness classes and lap swimming simultaneously while limiting the number of people in the pool).
- Only pools designed and previously approved may have lap swimming.
- Staff who interact with patrons or other staff must wear face coverings.
- Patrons should wear face coverings when interacting with staff or other individuals not from their household.
- Implement physical distancing requirements between patrons or household groups at the facility. Change deck layout to ensure that individuals or household groups can remain at least 6 feet apart in the standing or seating areas. No gatherings or events.
- Where any queue is expected to form at a diving area of swimming pool slide, designate with signage, tape or by other means to ensure at least six-feet of spacing for patrons in line. The layout may not impede the required four feet of unstructured deck surrounding the pool for emergency rescue, and ensure that all other patrons on the pool deck, grounds, and in the pool are at least six feet apart from the queue.
- Outdoor swimming pools may open after determining the maximum number of people who may be in the pool perimeter while safely social distancing (dividing the surface area of the pool by 36). This ensures six feet of separation between pool patrons. The maximum number allowed in the pool perimeter shall be posted at the pool.
- Facility will track pool capacity using a sign in/out sheet or another appropriate method.
- Implement physical distancing requirements between patrons or household groups at the facility, change deck layout to ensure that in the standing or seating areas, individuals, or household groups can remain at least 6 feet apart. No gatherings or events.
- Implement physical distancing where patrons form a line waiting for the pool to open or for someone to leave so they can enter.
- Drinking fountains should be turned off or covered to prevent use.
- For indoor pools, meet current standards for ventilation and dehumidification. Increase introduction and circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows or doors if doing so poses a safety risk to staff or patrons.
- Maintain supply of hand sanitizer and soap for hand washing and showers.
- Ensure that all water systems (e.g., decorative fountains, heated pools) are safe to use after prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires' disease and other diseases associated with water.
- Ensure there is adequate equipment for patrons and swimmers (e.g., kickboards and pool noodles) to minimize sharing to the extent possible or limiting the use of equipment to one group of users at a time and cleaning and disinfecting between use.
- Lap lanes may only be used by one patron.
- Staff who interact with patrons or other staff must wear face coverings.
- Provide and use one-way valve masks for CPR.
- Monitor staff absenteeism. Require staff to stay home if sick. Have a plan to ensure required staffing. If possible, vulnerable staff should be allowed to telework.
- Patrons should be alone or with members of their household.
- Patrons should stay at least six feet apart (both in and out of the water) from other individuals not from their household.
- At indoor pools, patrons should wear face coverings per the Governor's Executive Order, unless swimming or showering.
- At outdoor pools, patrons should wear face coverings per the Governor's Executive Order when interacting with staff or other individuals not from their household.
- Patrons should not wear face coverings in the water.
- Patrons should be discouraged from sharing objects 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). Patrons should also be discouraged from sharing items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with individuals not from their household.
- Post signs telling patrons not to enter if sick.
- Post hand washing reminders and cover your cough reminders.
- Post reminders to shower before entering the pool.
- Prepared signs are available for download on Maryland's Road to Recovery website.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as pool railings, deck furniture, water fountains, doorknobs, and entry gates twice per day, and more often if needed due to the number of patrons.
- Clean and disinfect in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines on COVID-19 and product instructions.
- Maintain daily cleaning of the facility (floors, toilets, etc.) with soap and water.
- Train staff on guidelines and product instructions for cleaning and disinfecting.
- Follow instructions for use and storage on the product label.
- Disinfection products must be appropriate for the intended use.
- The pool may need to temporarily close if the certified pool operator (CPO) on duty must clean and disinfect the pool area.
- Facility will clean/brush pool tile/wall at the water line to reduce slime and biofilm once a week or more if needed.
- Maintain daily cleaning log.
- Maintain chlorine and pH levels per current regulation, including shock or super chlorination as needed.
- Notify the local health department that the pool will open. Annual operation license is required per current regulation.