2020 HSTA Covid-19 Guidelines

Dated: 6/21/20

In accordance with state and county regulations and guidance, HSTA is implementing the following Guidelines for the 2020 swim season.  These Guidelines supplement our existing standard operating procedures and override those procedures if there is any overlap.

These Guidelines are intended to encourage the CDC best practices for slowing the spread, including:

  • Maintaining good social distance (6 feet)

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water

  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others

But even with these practices, coming in contact with people outside your household – whether at the pool or elsewhere – increases your chances of contracting the virus. 

All persons entering the HSTA property must sign the attached waiver of liability.


The HSTA Board will evaluate these Guidelines regularly and make changes as state and county restrictions are modified and to promote the safety of staff, volunteers, and members.  If you have suggestions, please contact us through the HSTA web site:  HillandalePool.org.


  1. To join HSTA, please mail/deliver your membership form and dues to HSTA c/o Suzanne Voelker, 10119 Riggs Road, Adelphi, MD 20783 or pay online through our website:  HillandalePool.com.  Please do not leave your form and dues at the pool.


  1. The Board will adjust the hours of operation based on membership levels, lifeguard availability, and pool utilization.


  1. Capacity.  Only 125 people are permitted on the pool grounds at one time.  Only 60 people are permitted in the pool at one time.  Staff will restrict entry to the grounds and/or pool if capacity is met.  
  2. Guests.  Members may not bring guests outside their household group, with the exception of (a) family members visiting from out of town or (b) childcare providers accompanying minors in place of parents.  Members must provide the full name, address, and contact information for each visiting family member or childcare provider.  Members must pay guest fees ($5 per guest) by exact change, check, or PayPal through the HSTA website.  Members are responsible for monitoring their guests’ adherence to the pool rules and these Guidelines at all times.


  1. COVID Symptoms.  Members experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath should not come to the pool.

  2. Face Coverings.  Members who can safely wear a face covering must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when entering and exiting the facility, when interacting with staff or members outside their household group, and when using the restrooms.  Members may remove their face covering when sitting in a chair 6 feet away from members outside their household group and when swimming.  

  3. Social Distancing.  Members should be alone or with individuals in their own household.  Members must maintain a separation of 6 feet from staff and members outside their household group at all times, including when swimming in the pool.

  4. Sharing Items.  Members are discouraged from sharing objects that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face (e.g., goggles).  Members are also discouraged from sharing items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with individuals not from their household.

  5. Minors.  Children younger than 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in their household group.  Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s adherence to the pool rules and these Guidelines.

  6. Restrooms.  Showers and changing rooms are high contact areas, so members are encouraged to shower before coming to the pool and arrive wearing their swimming attire.  When using the restrooms, please use designated doors for entry and exit and follow marks on floor.  Soap will be available for hand washing.

  7. Hand Sanitizer.  Members are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the guard desk.

  8. Water Fountain.  Members must bring their own drinking water to the pool.  The water fountain is not available for use.

  9. Signage.  Signs will be posted prominently in English and Spanish:

    1. COVID-19 symptoms: STOP – guard desk and bulletin board

    2. Social distancing – guard desk and around designated areas

    3. Face coverings – entrance and restrooms

    4. Handwashing instructions – restroom sinks

    5. Handwashing Reminder – around designated areas and restroom exits

    6. HSTA Pool rules – entrance, guard desk, around pool



  1. Main Pool

    1. Capacity.  No more than 60 people are permitted in the pool at one time.  Staff will monitor and restrict entry if capacity is met.

    2. Chlorination.  Chlorine and pH levels will be maintained per current regulation, including shock or super-chlorination as needed.

    3. Lap Lanes.  Per Montgomery County Guidelines, lap lanes may be used by only one person in the water at a time.  The Board will periodically assess the use of lap lanes and how it affects overall pool capacity.

    4. Face Coverings.  Members are not required to wear face coverings in the pool or when walking on the deck to or from the pool.

    5. Social Distancing.  Members must maintain 6 feet distance from other household groups while in the pool.

    6. Pool Entry.  To allow social distancing when entering or exiting the pool, standing or sitting on the stairs or ladders is not permitted.

    7. Inflatables.  No inflatables (aside from arm floaties) are permitted in the pool.  Members must bring their own kickboards and pool noodles.

    8. Diving Boards.  The diving boards are high contact areas.  As always, members should not linger on the boards or climb down the high dive ladder.  

  2. Wading Pool.  The entire wading pool area – including both the wading pool and the swing set – will be closed during the 2020 season.

  3. Pavilions.  Pavilions may not be reserved for gatherings.  Members from the same household group may use the pavilions on a first-come, first-served basis while maintaining 6 feet from other members.

  4. Tables and Chairs.  Picnic tables, umbrella tables, and lounge chairs will be arranged to support social distancing and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please do not move the tables and chairs.  Lifeguards will wipe down high-contact areas between sessions, but members are encouraged to wipe down the chairs and tables before and after use.  Members may bring their own chairs, but should be considerate of other members in placing their chairs.  

  5. Basketball Court.  The basketball court is open, but limited to half-court play with four players at each basket.  Players are encouraged to follow the CDC Guidelines for limiting contact during adult and youth sports and should be considerate of members sitting near the court.

  6. Volleyball Court.  The volleyball court is open, but limited to four players per team.

  7. Multi-Use Courts.  When paving and painting is completed, the multi-use courts will be available by reservation.

  8. Snack Bar Area

    1. The Snack Bar will be closed initially.  The Board will periodically reassess whether to open the Snack Bar.

    2. The soda machine will be available for member use.  

    3. Refrigerator and microwave are not available for member use.

  9. Barbecue Grill.  The grill is open.  Members must bring their own supplies (charcoal, lighter, tools) and be considerate of social distancing.


  1. Staff will verify membership at the guard desk using membership rosters.

  2. Staff will ask each member on arrival if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath).  Members experiencing such symptoms should not enter the pool grounds.

  3. Members will confirm that they have read these Guidelines and verbally verify their understanding of the need to social distance while at the pool.

  4. Guest fees ($5) for visiting out-of-town family members and childcare givers can be paid via exact change, check, or PayPal.  The guards will not have change.


  1. As always, Members will throw away all trash in the provided receptacles and take all belongings with them.

  2. Members must stop at the guard office and talk to a staff member before leaving to ensure accurate capacity numbers are documented.


  1. Two lifeguards will be on duty at all times.

  2. Lifeguards who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) are required to stay home.

  3. Lifeguards will wear cloth face coverings at all times, except when actively lifeguarding.  Lifeguards will have access to hand sanitizer in the guard office.

  4. The primary duty of lifeguards who are actively lifeguarding is pool safety.  Lifeguards are not policing member use of face coverings or social distancing.  We rely on members to follow these Guidelines and be considerate of other members.

  5. Lifeguards who are not actively lifeguarding will manage check-in and check-out.

  6. Between sessions, lifeguards will wipe down high contact areas, including umbrella tables and restroom surfaces.  

  7. Lifeguards will clean/brush pool tile/wall at the water line at least once a week.

  8. Lifeguards will maintain a daily cleaning log.


Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.  COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious.  The exact methods of spread and contraction are unknown, but the virus is believed to spread from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air.  People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease.  There is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19.  Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.

The Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association (HSTA) cannot prevent you and/or your children from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing HSTA’s services or premises.  It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease.  Therefore, if you choose to use HSTA’s services or premises, you and/or your children may be exposing yourselves to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:  I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID19.  I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my children in order to utilize HSTA’s services and premises.  These services and premises are of such value to me and/or my children that I accept the risk of myself and/or my children being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to utilize HSTA’s services and premises.

WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY:  I hereby forever release and waive my and my children’s right to bring suit against HSTA and its owners, officers, directors, managers, members, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID19 related to utilizing HSTA’s services and premises.  I understand that this waiver means I and/or my children give up our right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I and/or my children may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.


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