The State of Virginia entered Phase 3 on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The guidance provided under Executive Order (E.O.) 72 is still in effect for the 2021 season. This means the pool will open and no need for members to "reserve" time at the pool.
There is one significant change from the 2020 guidance. Furniture is allowed as long as 10 ft of separation can be maintained between family groups. We plan to have some furniture on deck this season. To that end, we are working with our pool management company to lay out a functional design of the deck. Furniture will be cleaned during operating hours and we will have cleaning wipes available for your use.
Like last season, we will still be limited on how many people are allowed on deck at one time. Capacity will again be limited to 75% of capacity (approximately 125 people on deck at any one time). Our guards will monitor the number of people on deck.
Although vaccines are available, please continue to maintain social distancing and follow other practices, such as wearing face masks, that are aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
If a member does not comply with the following guidelines and/or is inappropriately argumentative, rude or belligerent with the guards on site, or other members, the Board may be forced to revoke that membership. Last season we did witness come some inappropriate situations; this behavior will not be tolerated.
Below are the guidelines that the MSTA members must follow, broken out into categories and Q&A.
How many people will be allowed at the pool at one time?
We are limited to 125 total people in the pool area (inside of the fence line surrounding the pool decks) at one time. We will be vigilant about staying in compliance with this limit, and the guards/Premier will be keeping track of attendance. Furthermore, you must maintain social distance between those members who are not in your immediate family. Please know we will enforce both of these requirements.Are we still required to use Signup Genius to reserve a spot?
No. We don’t anticipate that 125 people will show up at one time on a weekday (but please see below about weekends). If we reach that maximum number, we will need to stop people from entering the pool area.But I’m a longtime member, why wouldn’t you let everyone in?
The Virginia guidelines are clear on capacity and we are subject to those rules. We can be fined or shut down by Fairfax County for not being in compliance., which is the last thing we would want for MSTA.Are there other restrictions?
Yes. No one with COVID-19 or known exposure to a COVID-19 case during the previous 14 days is permitted in the facility. No one with a fever (100.4 degrees or higher) or a sense of having a fever, a new cough and/or shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition, a new sore throat or new muscle aches, is permitted in the facility.Can we bring guests?
This season we will allow guests. All guest must adhere to the Virginia and Fairfax County health guidance regarding COVID. Any violation and your guests will be asked to leave the facility. .
Pool OperationsWill you be opening the baby and intermediate pools?
Yes, although both have limited capacity in order to maintain social distancing, per the Governor’s rules.One rule that hasn’t changed: If your child is still in diapers, they must wear rubber diapers in the main pool. MSTA will enforce this rule. Who will be enforcing the rules?
Lifeguards who are not on guard duty and Board members will be enforcing the rules. We ask that everyone be considerate to other members and to our guards. Unfortunately, we have witnessed some extremely rude and offensive behavior by a few members in recent weeks.
Keep in mind that most of the lifeguards are MSTA members and many of them are on the Marlins team. They are your neighbors and friends, so please be respectful, listen, and follow their instructions. If you have any concerns, please contact a member of the MSTA Board.
On the Pool DeckWill deck chairs or picnic table be available?
We will have a limited number of chairs and picnic tables on deck. You may still bring your own chair to sit and relax on deck. Whether using MSTA furniture or your own chair, social distancing guidelines must be followed. Per E.O. 72, this means 10 feet between family units on deck. Will the snack bar be open?
Yes, the snack bar will be open this season. Please maintain proper social distancing while waiting in line. As always, please be sure to dispose of your trash and recycled items in the proper bins. Are the grills available for use?
A limited number of grills will be on deck. Please make sure to maintain social distancing while cooking and clean up after grilling your delicious food!Are the bathrooms open?
We encourage you to come to the pool dressed and ready to swim. The locker rooms will be open for limited showering and changing. If a member needs to use the toilets in an emergency
, they are available for use.What else should I bring to the pool?
Please bring a face mask to wear if you need to enter the pool building. Per Virginia and other public health guidelines, we are requiring masks in enclosed areas.
We also recommend bringing your own hand sanitizer and wipes – it never hurts to have extras available for your family’s use.
Pool HoursWhat are the pool hours?
The pool will be open on weekdays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Beginning on July 27, the pool will be open every day at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.Swim Team:
The Marlins are in Division 2 of the Northern Virginia Swim League (NVSL). NVSL is planning a full season this summer. Meets are posted on the Swimming drop down on our home page and the MSTA calendar. We normally host 4 home swim meets a season on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings. Saturday morning meets run from 8:00am - Noon. The pool will open once the deck is cleaned and reset after the meet. Monday evening meets are from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. The pool will close early on those Mondays. Notice will be posted in the guard house when we host a home meet. GO MARLINS - FEAST!Will you be opening for early morning swim/adding hours?
Yes. We are finalizing the dates and hours of early morning swim. We will have those hours posted shortly.Will there be adult swim every hour?
Yes. We will offer adult swim for 15 minutes at 45 minutes past the hour, every hour. We also will use that time to for extra cleaning.
Please note that on weekends, if we reach a maximum of 125 people in the pool area, we will need to clear the area for cleaning every one hour and 45 minutes. If that occurs, you will be required to pick up all of your belongings and clear the pool and pool deck. The pool will be closed for 15 minutes to allow guards to clean. The pool will then reopen. If you would like to re-enter the pool deck with your belongings at that time, you will be allowed to do so, provided other members are not waiting to enter.Will some lanes be reserved for lap swimming?
Yes, as we always have, there will still be two lap lanes available at all times. These lanes CANNOT be reserved. Please share and maintain appropriate distance between you and the other swimmer(s) in the lane.
In addition, please note that parts of pool will be reserved for 1-2 hours during the week to accommodate swim lessons and the tennis campers.
Other QuestionsHow do I sign up my child for swim lessons?
The swim team coaches are offering private swim lessons. To book a lesson, please contact the individual coach directly.Will you be providing any refunds/partial refunds this season?
No. A “full membership” is an equity membership – we are all owners in MSTA. As such, ownership means that we have a shared responsibility for upkeep and maintenance of the pool and grounds.
Whether we were able to open the pool or not, the pool, facilities and grounds require regular maintenance to ensure they are running properly. Skipping pool maintenance one year likely means larger problems and excessive costs the following year.
We recognize that COVID has created unusual and unprecedented situations. MSTA has been fortunate to be one of the few clubs in the area to offer swim team in 2020 and continue to offer swim team and tennis camps in 2021. This has been possible because of YOU! Your continued adherence to the health and safety guidance provided by the state and Fairfax County is much appreciated. In addition, our tennis courts and green space have been open for everyone to enjoy.
Please follow the guidelines above and the signs in the pool area, so that all members can enjoy MSTA for the 2021 season.