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July 13, 2020

Dear FLA Members,

We've certainly been burning up your inboxes with messages lately, as we continue to adapt to the latest New Jersey Executive Orders pertaining to COVID-19. However, we do have additional updates to share with regard to our continued reopening efforts! Please see below for information on the following topics:

  • Summer Q&A/Information Session
  • Latest Beach Updates
  • General Boating Rules

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that things have been trending in the right direction for New Jersey, though we are not yet in the clear. Many of you have likely seen the negative trends occurring in other states that either reopened at a more aggressive pace or had fewer regulations in place from the start.

Therefore, now that the "virtual" classrooms have closed and our beaches are becoming increasingly populated, we kindly remind you to keep up the social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and please continue to wear masks in any situations where social distancing is not feasible.

In addition, please remember to respect one another's personal space, whether at the beach or other areas. As a general rule, when it comes to social distancing, assume that the comfort levels of others may differ from your own. Thank you very much for your consideration!

Please see below for updates (in green), effective immediately (as of 6/5/20), until further notice. Once again, we fully expect that the below will be subject to change at a later date:

  • Summer Q&A/Information Session
    • The March membership meeting had been postponed twice due to restrictions placed on group gatherings by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, in lieu of the typical March meeting, to provide an additional opportunity for bi-directional communication with our association membership, we are planning to hold a summer "Q&A" and information session for FLA Members. This session will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 AM on the Main Beach Sports Court. Click HERE for more information.
  • Latest Beach Updates
  • Beach Usage
    • Beaches will be available to Fayson Lakes members during the following Preseason Beach hours (through June 18):
      • Main Beach
        • Weekdays: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Weekends: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      • Sabey's Beach
        • Weekends Only: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Regular Beach hours have begun with the following schedule (June 19 - August 16):
      • Main Beach
        • Daily: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
      • Sabey's Beach
        • Daily: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Members must remain at least 6 feet away from anyone who does not reside within the same household.
    • Members and employees must wear face masks in situations where social distancing of 6 feet is difficult to maintain.
    • Beach staff will continuously assess capacity, and reserves the right to defer entry at any time, to be indicated through posted signs/boards.
    • All other Beach Rules apply, and beach entrance constitutes acceptance of all documented policies/rules.
  • Badge Checking
    • Badge checkers will be posted at beach entrances during the above hours and will help to enforce our year-round policy that badges be displayed or worn visibly whenever on association private property.
    • This procedure will involve individuals forming a line at beach entrances with spacing of 6 feet apart, from both one another and badge checkers, and allowing for proper entry and exit of pedestrian traffic at these locations.
  • Guest/Grandchild Badges/Day Badges
    • Effective 6/22, we resumed usage of Guest, Grandchild, and Day Badges for the beach on all days - including Weekends!
    • We thank you tremendously for your patience in this regard, as these temporary measures provided our beach staff with sufficient time during the Beach Preseason to implement necessary COVID-19 preparations that foster a safe environment for both beach visitors and staff.
    • As usual, each member is allowed a maximum of 6 guests (total includes both Guest and Day badges), and the member must be present while guests are on FLA property.
    • For Day Badges, exact payment ($4 per badge) is required to ensure a contactless transaction.
  • Bathrooms
    • Sabey's Beach and Cave bathrooms are available for use.
    • Each bathroom limited to 1 person or family at a time.
    • Bathrooms to be disinfected upon opening and at least every 30 minutes thereafter.
    • Masks must be worn within bathrooms, as per Executive Order No. 157, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under 2 years of age.
  • Outdoor Furniture
    • Tables and chairs have been set up at appropriate distances and are now available for use.
    • Members are required to wipe these down after use and/or bring tablecloths or place mats to reduce contact with surfaces.
    • Beach staff will also disinfect furniture every few hours.
  • Grills
    • Grills are now available for use.
    • Members are required to wipe down surfaces after contact.
    • Beach staff will also disinfect high-contact surfaces every few hours.
  • Swimming/Lifeguards
    • Lifeguards are on duty during Regular Beach Hours.
    • Due to COVID-19 preventative measures, we are currently operating with rotational lifeguard shifts, without the typical overlaps.
    • Therefore, as lifeguards’ primary responsibility is to monitor the water areas and ensure safety, please note that this may result in a reduction in the number of organized activities typically offered.
    • Ropes around swimming areas are being pushed back to allow swimmers/bathers to use lakes with appropriate social distancing.
    • Dock usage in swimming areas is not yet permitted.
  • Clubhouse
    • Closed for now, including bathrooms.
    • This will likely remain the case until social distancing guidelines are updated by an Executive Order to increase indoor gathering limits.
    • However, FLA Clubs are now welcome to use the outdoor picnic areas to hold meetings and events as needed, while practicing appropriate social distancing, as described by Executive Order No. 156.
  • Coming Soon!
  • Cave
    • Reopened on 7/4.
    • Masks must be worn within The Cave, as per Executive Order No. 157, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under 2 years of age.
    • Dine-out only; no indoor furniture will be available for use, and no loitering is permitted.
  • Playgrounds
    • Reopened on 7/2.
  • Organized Sports
    • Beginning with Executive Order No. 149, organized sports are being reintroduced on a rolling schedule, based upon risk classifications designated by the New Jersey Department of Health:
      • Low Risk - 6/22 (already permitted) - Sports that can be done individually, do not involve person-to-person contact and do not routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another (e.g., individual swimming, tennis).
      • Medium Risk - 7/6 - Sports that involve some close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports OR sports that use equipment that cannot be cleaned between participants (e.g., volleyball, baseball, soccer).
      • High Risk - 7/20 - Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants (e.g., football).
  • 4th of July Weekend
    • We regret to share that the Parade on Wheels, 4th of Picnic, and Penny Carnival are cancelled at this time due to COVID-19.
    • Several of these events may be rescheduled for later in the summer, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted.
    • On Saturday 7/4, Marty Stanton and Jon Horovitz will host and announce a "Virtual" Big Splash on Saturday at 1:00 PM at Main Beach!
    • Listen to your favorite neighbors "virtually" compete for the Big Splash Trophy and other prizes. Can Andy Schaeffer successfully defend his title from last year
    • Come down with the kids for what looks to be a unique and fun event; without any of the usual splashes, but with all of the same old jokes!
  • "Summer" Association Meeting
    • We are planning to hold a "Summer" Association Meeting on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 AM.
    • Executive Order No. 156 recently increased the number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings to 250 people, and in response, we are hoping to hold this meeting in-person; most likely, at a location near Main Beach.
    • We are still working through logistics, including the possibility of an online remote viewing option, and are also awaiting the upcoming Executive Order pertaining to graduation ceremonies, from which we expect to obtain additional guidance for holding this similar event.
    • We will provide meeting details as we near the date and once that Executive Order has been published.
    • If you believe that you will be unable to attend this meeting, but have questions/items that you would like us to address, please feel free to email us at questions.flabot@gmail.com.

General Boating Rules

We would also like to take this opportunity to touch upon the boating rules, which had previously been updated in response to several safety concerns raised by FLA beach staff. While the primary objective is always the safety of our residents, we received feedback from a few members regarding these updates. We welcome active participation in our community, and the resulting diversity of perspectives that it offers.

Along those lines, the Board of Trustees recently received - and unanimously approved - a request for the formation of a committee to review boating policies, from a member who delivered a presentation on this topic at the June Board Meeting. The specific intent of this committee is to identify and recommend any potential revisions that should be applied to general rules for boating on FLA lakes. If you are interested in actively volunteering as a member of this committee, please send an email to questions.flabot@gmail.com, and we will ensure that you are invited to participate in any upcoming committee meetings.

[Please note, the scope of this committee will differ slightly from that of the pontoon boat committee, which had a more concentrated focus on the unique and distinct challenges presented by that particular type of boat. The new rules for pontoon boats (e.g., size, construction, registration, etc.) that are being proposed for FLA adoption will be shared with our members in an upcoming communication.]

In the interim, in direct response to some specific feedback provided on the general boating rules, and in the interests of improving beach and water safety for the summer in progress, we are offering a more comprehensive set of guidelines at the link below. These revisions will serve as a new baseline for committee review, and we hope that they will improve clarity and consistency, and deliver incremental improvements towards addressing the most commonly raised issues from members and beach staff. We are always open to constructive feedback and new ideas.

General Boating Rules Update

On a related note, we are looking to construct some additional boat racks near our beaches for daytime usage, so that those who arrive by paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or similarly sized vessels have a dedicated location set aside for temporary storage. If you are interested in volunteering with this project, please send us an email at questions.flabot@gmail.com. We also intend to increase the number of boat racks located near boat launches to enhance the organization of these areas, and to explore ways that we can improve accessibility for launching and disembarking from boats.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we actively take steps to drive overall improvements in beach and water safety while fostering a positive and enjoyable boating environment for our members!

We hope that you are able to enjoy some of the newly reopened beach amenities and the "official" start of summer, and wish you happy kayaking, canoeing, rowing, paddling, pedaling, and sailing!

The Board of Trustees and Beach Staff, Fayson Lakes Association