COVID-19 Update

PLA - PLA Operational Update

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hello PLA Members,

We hope you and your families are all well. This has been a challenging year for all of us. We are moving ahead with our planned open on Wednesday June 17. Below are the new policies/procedures we must comply with per the Governors’ and CDC guidelines (revised July 3, 2020 - changes highlighted):

  • All Members will be required to wear a mask for each person entering the beach

  • Masks must be worn consistent with State of Connecticut guidelines, including near the registrar, canteen, restroom, and walking the property. Our staff has been asked to enforce this.

  • * Guest policy will allow for a maximum of 20 guests per day, Monday through Thursday only, provided they sign waivers and are from in-state. The Beach Director and Assistant Beach Director have discretion to lower the total number of guests per day based on beach occupancy. Only 2 guests are allowed per family, per day. This will be monitored to ensure that those picking up wristbands are using them and that our entire membership has an opportunity to take advantage of this benefit. 20 guest passes will be available at the Registrar table at the beginning of each day (Mon – Thurs) at 10:00 am when the guards come on duty. If you end up not needing the guest pass, we ask you to turn in your guest band to allow other members access to these limited number of passes (guest passes cannot be reused - 20 guests max, per day).

  • Junior Members, ages 12 – 16, are allowed to attend the beach without their parents, as long as the juvenile form is completed. They are allowed to bring one guest, as in previous years but must adhere to the rules set forth above and will be included in the 20 max for the day. All guests under 18 will be required to bring a signed waiver from their guardian.

  • Beach activities – we will be offering one activity through Abrakadoodle this summer, stay tuned for an update from them

  • All Members will be required that their temperature will be taken upon entering the beach

  • All Members will be required to sign a waiver before you can enter the beach and will be for all members of your family for this season (click the button below for the waiver)

  • We will have a separate entry/exit to the beach - the normal gate will be for entry but, the gate by the main parking lot, next to kayak rack, is for exiting only

  • Social distancing around the canteen and on the beach will be enforced by our lifeguards and/or staff.

  • Maximum of 4 persons per table on the patio, unless you are all from the same family

  • The umbrellas and spools for the beach will be available but, these items are not to be moved; the spools will be used for social distancing guidance.

  • The rafts will be anchored/accessible but, limited to 5 persons on the raft at a time.

  • The restroom key fob will be available from the registrar and limited to 2 persons in the restrooms at the same time, unless of the same family.

  • We will have spray bottles with a Clorox bleach solution available to the PLA Members to use for sanitizing tables etc.

  • No sports activities will be permitted on the grass area (i.e. whiffle ball, soccer, basketball, etc.)

  • Parking lot is limited to 50% normal capacity at one time = 25 cars MAX allowed

  • Beach/Grass area is limited to 50% of normal capacity at one time = 200 persons MAX allowed

  • Saving spots on the beach/grass area prior to opening/lifeguards present is not allowed

  • Beach Hours with lifeguards on duty, beginning Wednesday June 17, are 10AM - 8PM

  • Please bring a picture I.D. In case you are asked to identify yourself as a member

  • All Members are required to wear a wristband upon checking in and throughout their time on the beach.


RE PLA Waiver: It is important that it be initialed where indicated and signed.  All adults must sign prior to use of facilities/grounds in any manner and children must have had a parent sign prior to use as well. One waiver is required for each member of the family unit that is 18 and older. Minor children are covered by their guardian's signed waiver.

We understand these rules are abundant and your cooperation is appreciated.

***IF YOU'RE NOT FEELING WELL, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE BEACH***

Respectfully,

PLA Board of Governors
PLA Beach Committee

PLA - PLA Operational Update

Monday, June 15, 2020

Hello PLA Members,

We hope you and your families are all well. This has been a challenging year for all of us. We are moving ahead with our planned open on Wednesday June 17. Below are the new policies/procedures we must comply with per the Governors’ and CDC guidelines:

  • All Members will be required that their temperature will be taken upon entering the beach

  • All Members will be required to sign a waiver before you can enter the beach and will be for all members of your family for this season (we will email this out when we have it)

  • All Members will be required to have a mask for each person entering the beach

  • Members cannot bring any guests at the current time but, this will be discussed at our July 2nd board meeting

  • We will have a separate entry/exit to the beach - the normal gate will be for entry but, the gate by the main parking lot, next to kayak rack, is for exiting only.

  • Junior Members, ages 12 – 16, are allowed to attend the beach without their parents, as long as the juvenile form is completed. However, guests are not allowed.

  • Social distancing around the canteen and on the beach will be enforced by our lifeguards and/or staff.

  • Maximum of 4 persons per table on the patio, unless you are all from the same family

  • The umbrellas and spools for the beach will be available but, these items are not to be moved; the spools will be used for social distancing guidance.

  • The rafts will be anchored/accessible but, limited to 5 persons on the raft at a time.

  • The restroom key fob will be available from the registrar and limited to 2 persons in the restrooms at the same time, unless of the same family.

  • Beach activities - (swim lessons, lifeguard certification and cooking class) are still be discussed and the board of governors will make a decision at the July 2nd meeting, if we can offer any of these activities.

  • We will have spray bottles with a Clorox bleach solution available to the PLA Members to use for sanitizing tables etc.

  • No sports activities will be permitted on the grass area (i.e. whiffle ball, soccer, basketball, etc.)

  • Parking lot is limited to 50% normal capacity at one time = 25 cars MAX allowed

  • Beach/Grass area is limited to 50% of normal capacity at one time = 200 persons MAX allowed

  • Saving spots on the beach/grass area prior to opening/lifeguards present is not allowed

  • Beach Hours with lifeguards on duty, beginning Wednesday June 17, are 10AM - 8PM

  • Please bring a picture I.D. In case you are asked to identify yourself as a member

  • All Members are required to wear a wristband upon checking in and throughout their time on the beach.


We understand these rules are abundant and your cooperation is appreciated.

***IF YOUR NOT FEELING WELL, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE BEACH***


Respectfully,

The Beach Committee
Eric Kudey - Committee Chair

PLA - PLA Operational Update

Friday, May 22, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Happy Friday to you and hope this email finds you and your families well. 

It has been my goal all week to provide an update to our membership with an outline of operational procedures for the summer. The messaging from the State has been in a constant state of flux and unclear, which in turn, has made it difficult for the PLA leadership to send communications to all of you.

The morning of May 20th, I sent a message to the PLA Board of Governors with a proposed plan for opening this weekend (Memorial Day weekend). These plans were developed with the help from a number of board members, committee members and even some members happy to volunteer. I have been in communication with our lawyer, our insurance agent, Town of Trumbull Health Department and Town of Trumbull Emergency Management. Guidance from them indicated we could open this weekend. It would be a limited open, but we could open. That same evening, I received a message from the State of Connecticut indicating that we are not one of the industries able to open on May 20th. However, today at 1:00 PM, our lawyer received another update from the State.

The State will allow us to open, but only to community members, which means no guests or renters. However, their guidance also includes mandates that we cannot open our restrooms, our canteen or allow swimming. As such, we feel that it does not make financial sense to staff lifeguards given these conditions. The PLA will be closed this weekend but the gate will remain open so that community members may access their personal boats. We ask that you maintain social distancing, do not congregate with those outside of your immediate family unit, and continue to follow the guidelines issued by the State of CT and CDC.

I realize these choices are unpopular to some, but we must follow what the State mandates. Please know that I am not making decisions for the PLA unilaterally. The Executive Committee held an emergency meeting last night to discuss our options, and collectively, we have been making decisions which are then communicated with the Board.

We are working on providing details around our plans to open as we are provided with additional guidance from the State.

In closing, on this Memorial Day weekend, I would like to ask you to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This weekend is about remembering those fallen heroes.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and healthy.

Rob Leiphart
PLA President
plapresident@gmail.com

PLA Property - New Rules for Community Safety

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear PLA,

I hope this message finds you, your families and friends safe and healthy. We are obviously in uncharted waters and times right now.

We need to support, aid and protect our fellow neighbors during these times. Our governments (federal, state and local) have made several recommendations, from limiting the size of gatherings to social distancing to just staying at home. The PLA is following their guidance and recommending that you take the appropriate action to protect yourselves and others in our community and beyond. Especially important, if you are sick, you and your family, should all quarantine yourselves and remain at home. The same guidance holds if you have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To this end, the PLA is suspending all events on PLA property and asking that folks refrain from using PLA property until further notice. We will re-evaluate this at the end of April with the guidance of the governing bodies. I have received several reports from concerned members about folks gathering on our
beach, property or in the neighborhood. It is extremely important that folks respect the social distancing guidelines that are in place and heed them. Again, please do not congregate or spend time on PLA property, it is closed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes but are only doing this out of an abundance of caution and to follow in the footsteps of what the Town of Trumbull has enacted. As I’m sure you are aware, they have closed all parks and the NIA has closed their premises.

We will keep you informed on developments as we have them, including whether we will have our Board Meeting on April 7th.

Again, these measures are being made to keep you and your families safe. I hope that, come summertime, we are looking at all of this in the rear-view mirror while we enjoy our time at the beach and as a community.

Here are two local references on everything relating to the virus:

Yale New Haven Health  - Includes links to CDC and WHO
Town of Trumbull – make sure you are signed up for Trumbull Citizen Alert

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions. Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
Rob Leiphart
PLA President
plapresident@gmail.com