Dear Fellow Lake Saginaw Members:
Some good news coming out today from the Governor of NJ:
“I anticipate being able to raise the limit on OUTDOOR non-protest and non-religious gatherings – unless we see a significant uptick in new #COVID19 cases – to 250 people on June 22nd.” (Gov. Murphy, NJ)
We are anticipating our beach opening on June 24th – however a lot of this is dependent on having the resources available in order to complete out setup, mainly we are waiting to hear from our dock contractor on a date and time for placement. Without the swim docks in place we cannot attach ropes and floats and other safety equipment.
In addition we are still on negotiating terms regarding our opening with the NJ State Health Department. As always the safely of our members and their families is our primary concern.
We will not be having an opening picnic, and we will not allow parties at the beach this season. (Mid or end of season member picnics will be determined at a later date.)
Here is a preliminary look at some of the restrictions that the State and County Health Department will be enforcing, and we will need to follow:
• Require that members of the public practice social distancing while present at all public and private beaches, lakes, and lakeshores, including staying six feet apart whenever practicable.
• Remove, tape-off, or otherwise block access to all benches and tables to discourage gatherings;
• Prohibit the tying together or “rafting up” of boats to discourage group gatherings;
• Prohibit special events such as festivals, concerts, fireworks, and picnics;
• Prohibit all organized or contact activities or sports;
• Limit occupancy in public restrooms that remain open to avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity;
The following shall be closed to the public at all public and private beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores:
• Picnic Areas;
• Water play equipment, including but not limited to goggles, snorkels, fins, kick boards, pool noodles and toys (you can bring your own, but not leave at the beach as it will be thrown away same day).
Common sense and reasonable requests:
– If you are sick, or you child is sick, STAY HOME
– Wear a mask when close interaction cannot be avoided
– Most important, be patient. Give us a break – THINGS WILL NOT BE SAME THIS SEASON
– If you do not agree with any of the rules or restrictions, two things you can do: First, write the Governor or County Health Department to complain, not us. Second, if you are angry and not at all willing to work within these regulations, consider not joining the Lake this year
(reservation members will still have a mandatory maintenance fee due).
Thank you for your continued patience. Count on changes. We will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
John Scherr, President