Operating Guidelines for Holyoke Canoe Club

Pools and Facilities

during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Revised 7/11/20

Welcome the 2020 season at the Holyoke Canoe Club. While the season will be one of the most unique in the history of the Club, we have taken extensive steps to ensure that the club is a safe and welcoming place to be in these challenging times. We believe that there will be no better place to spend the summer in the Valley than at the Club!

Operating Guidelines Update Schedule
This document lays out the primary changes to how we will manage the Club facilities this summer compared to normal operating procedures. These guidelines are in addition to normal pool operating procedures for the Club. The guidelines are designed to follow state and local regulations at this time. This information almost certainly will change as we receive new information and guidelines related to COVID-19 status, risks, risk mitigation strategies, and government policies from the state of Massachusetts and local governing authorities.

The information provided in the guidelines is accurate for the date posted. As these operating guidelines change, we will post updates at the club and email them to members. We understand that it can be challenging to adapt to ever-changing guidelines but we must modify the guidelines as new information and requirements emerge.

When it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of social distance, masks must be worn if the member or guest is not in the pool.

     ●  The pool house bathrooms are the only bathrooms available currently. The clubhouse will remain locked.
     ●  The pool house bathrooms will be cleaned several times a day by staff.
          o  Disinfecting wipes will be available for members for their own use in the bathrooms. Please see the staff member by the pool for the wipes.

     ●  The pool house bathrooms will remain locked. The bathroom key will be available from 8 am - 8 pm from staff at the following locations. Staff                  will have hand sanitizer available for member use when obtaining the bathroom keys.

          o  8 am - 11 am: Staff member at the member sign-in kiosk, by the parking lot and clubhouse.
          o  11 am - 8 pm: Staff member at the pool entry gate closest to the river and the pool club house.


Pool House
     ●  Other than for bathroom use, the pool house is closed. The showers and locker rooms are NOT available for use.

Large Pool and Pool Area
     ●  In accordance with state guidelines, pool and pool deck use will be managed at all times that the pool is open.
     ●  A staff member will be stationed at the pool entry gate from 11am to 8pm to count and manage pool area use.
     ●  The pool and pool area will be available for use from the top of the hour until 45 minutes past the hour.
     ●  At 45 minutes past the hour, the pool and pool area will be cleared of all members and guests for the staff to sanitize the pool-area furniture.                 During that cleaning time, adults may use the pool for adult swim (but may not use the pool deck furniture).
     ●  All children 12 years of age and under must be supervised by a responsible adult (16+ years old) at all times that they are in the pool area. The               adult must be inside the pool area with them.
     ●  Social distance of 6 feet must be maintained from other parties in the pool and on the pool deck.
     ●  Adults are responsible for ensuring that those in their party respect social distancing from other parties. This is not the responsibility of                           lifeguards who are focused on pool safety.
     ●  Members will be signed in by staff when they enter the pool area and will be asked for names for all members of their party who are entering                 the pool area with them.
     ●  Pool use will be limited to no more than 20 people at a time.
     ●  Combined, the total number of people allowed in the pool area at any time is limited to 45.
     ●  When pool and pool deck use falls below the above thresholds, admittance to the pool area will be first-come, first-served.
     ●  When pool and pool deck exceed the above thresholds, admission will be controlled in 45-minute shifts that begin at the top of the hour.                          Members who wish to enter for the next hour will be asked to wait outside the pool area.
     ●  Toys will not be provided but members may bring their own clean toys for use while in the pool.
     ●  Massachusetts pool guidelines:


Adult Swim
     ●  We will be offering an adult-only lap swim time on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings from 10 - 10:55 am. The pool does not have lane                  lines and therefore swimmers will be required to manage their own social distance of at least 6 feet at all times. We will monitor the use for the              first two weeks to evaluate the demand for this service.
     ●  Adults will be allowed to swim in the 15-minute intervals while the pool area is being sanitized, each hour. All items must be removed from                     furniture during this time. If there are members waiting to swim, adults must leave the pool area before the next group of swimmers enters at               the top of the hour.

Toddler Pool and Pool Area
     ●  The small pool will be open for self-managed use from 8 am - 8 pm.
     ●  Only two parties will be allowed in the Toddler Pool Area at a time.
     ●  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the Toddler Pool.
     ●  When other parties are waiting, please be considerate and limit your time in the pool to not more than 30 minutes.
     ●  The toddler pool area furniture will be cleaned by pool staff hourly.
     ●  Disinfecting wipes will be available for members to clean the furniture at other times.
     ●  Toys will not be provided but members may bring their own clean toys for use while in the pool.

Grounds Furniture
     ●  We encourage members to come to the club, relax, and enjoy our beautiful location for as long as they wish during operating hours. We can’t                  think of a better place to “social distance” in the Pioneer Valley.
     ●  Additional furniture will be placed along the riverbank to encourage members to use at their leisure (e.g., for sunbathing).
     ●  Grounds furniture (chairs and tables) will be sanitized by staff regularly throughout the day or as furniture turns over. Disinfecting wipes will be              available for members to clean the furniture for their own use.


Play Structures
     ●  Swings and slides will be cleaned regularly. Disinfecting wipes will be available for members to clean the structures for their own use.

     ●  The clubhouse is closed until further notice.

Pool Area Guidelines

     ●  Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer) or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily                           available, before going to the pool.
     ●  Do not share equipment. Members may bring their own toys/equipment but it should not be shared with other parties.


     ●  Follow directions for spacing and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
     ●  To ensure that they are able to see and respond immediately to any pool distress, the lifeguards will not wear masks. As a result, they are                         required to limit close contact to emergency situations only. Please do not approach the lifeguards (within 6 feet) except in an emergency                         situation.
     ●  Do not make physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving a high five.
     ●  Avoid touching your face.
     ●  Maintain appropriate social distancing from others when on the deck.
     ●  Wear your swim suit to and from the club, there are no locker rooms available.


     ●  Follow directions for spacing and stay at least 6 feet apart from other parties.
     ●  Do not make physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving a high five.


Be Safe and Have Fun! It’s a Great Summer to Be at the Holyoke Canoe Club!


​Club open 7 am - 8 pm

Pools open 11 am - 8 pm in season



PO Box 655

Holyoke, MA  01041


Old Ferry Road

Holyoke, MA  01040

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