Walnut Mountain Community Pool
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (pool is cleaned on Monday morning)
Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pool will be closed for the season September 27th.
2021 Pool Opening Guidance and Rules
Walnut Mountain Property Owners,
Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will be opening the pool for 2021 on May 28th. As we did in 2020, we will be adhering to Georgia State recommendations and requirements for operating our pool. While we are encouraged by the reduction in Covid19 cases in Georgia, we will also remain cautious and diligent when utilizing this amenity. We will be following the guidance issued by Governor Kemp on April 8th.
- Masks are not required but are encouraged.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed.
- Individuals and/or groups should maintain a 6 ft distance from others when possible.
- Individuals should not enter the pool area if they are feeling ill or are exhibiting symptoms of Covid19.
The following information was issued by NowackHoward, legal representatives for WM.
The difference between last year’s pool season and the upcoming 2021 pool season is the accumulated knowledge that the transmission of COVID-19 has not been linked to contamination of community association common areas, which was feared and was the focus of several of the previously mandatory provisions of the Governor’s Executive Orders. This knowledge has significantly reduced the probability of a person contracting the virus on common area proving that was the source of transmission and filing of a lawsuit for damages.
In addition, especially concerning last year was the uncertainty of community association insurance policies covering the cost of defending such lawsuits. That concern has not been addressed because, to date, there are no reported cases of a community association having been sued for damages for negligently causing a person to be infected when on an association’s common area. Accordingly, it remains that such a claim may not be subject to the payment of the cost of defense. With this knowledge in mind, community associations and their members may determine the potential liability for an uninsured defense of COVID-19 transmission is negligible and make the decision to open their amenities this pool season.
Last year it was all the unknowns that community association boards relied on in assessing the potential liability for an uninsured defense. This year it is the knowns, as well as predictions that the country will be back in the swing of things by the Fourth of July. This information along with the state’s reopening and relaxation of mandates will make it extremely challenging to justify a board’s decision that the risks of liability exceed allowing the members to use the amenities. We expect we will see dwindling support of boards’ decisions not to open the amenities and boards should plan accordingly.
Based on the governors’ orders and the opinion of our legal representatives, we will open the pool without some of the restrictions from 2020.
- We will not employ full-time staff to monitor the access and activities of individuals in the pool area on weekdays. Our WM staff will handle sanitizing duties at the pool on their normal days of work. We will have an individual employed for weekends and holidays to monitor access and complete the cleaning and sanitizing duties required in the state orders.
- Residents and guests will be able to bring water or other beverages, flotation devices, cell phones and pool bags. The following items are not permitted in the fenced area around the pool: food, pets, tobacco products, glass containers or any other breakable items.
- All other rules and requirements will be as per the Walnut Mountain Rules and Regulations.
WMPOA rules for the pool.
The WM Swimming Pool is available for the use of Property Owners in good standing, their families, their on-property guests, and/or their property renters. It is understood that swimming in the WM Pool is at the swimmer’s own risk.
A valid WM pool pass is necessary to gain admittance to the pool. The pass is swiped through the card reader located beside the pool gate in order to open the pool entrance gate. Pool passes are issued by the WMPOA Office upon request from the property owner and will be available within 2 weeks of the request. The property owner is responsible for securing passes for their property renters.
- Property owners are responsible for their families, guests, and property renter's activities, conduct, and any misuse of WM property.
- The pool attendant or any other WMPOA BOD designated individual shall have the authority to enforce all rules applicable to the use of the pool and its surrounding areas.
- No one under the age of 14 is permitted to use the pool unless under the direct supervision of an adult. Children under 14 must always have a responsible adult present and must leave the pool area if the responsible adult leaves.
- Children up to age three and any incontinent persons must wear a swim diaper.
- Personal equipment hazardous to others is not permitted in the pool or picnic area. Examples include, but are not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, and hover boards.
- Running, pushing, or rough play is not permitted in the pool, on the pool deck, or anywhere within the chain link fence.
- The following items are not permitted in the fenced area around the pool: food, pets, tobacco products, glass containers or any other breakable items.
- Furniture and equipment are not to be removed from the pool area.
- Litter must be disposed of in the provided trash containers.
- Proper swim attire is required. Cutoff jeans are not permitted in the pool.
- Persons with skin rashes, open sores, wounds, and bandages are not permitted in the pool.
- The pool is always available for property owners to use during the scheduled open hours; therefore, the pool cannot be reserved except when deemed necessary by the WMPOA BOD for a WMPOA event.
- Any property owner having guests utilizing the pool is limited to a maximum of 10 individuals at any one time including the property owner.
- Property owners wishing to have parties in excess of 10 guests must:
- Make their request to the WMPOA Administrative Office at least one week in advance by completing and submitting the required form with any applicable fees.
- Restrict parties to weekdays (Monday through Friday).
- Be responsible for any costs for damage, repair, or cleaning.
- Law enforcement will be notified for any behavior believed to be illegal in nature.
Georgia State Requirements
The Governor’s previous Executive Orders required Organizations, including community associations, to implement a list of measures to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Applicable measures are as follows.
- Enhancing sanitation as appropriate.
- Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces regularly, including, but not limited to, PIN entry devices, signature pads, and other point of sale equipment, door handles, and light;
- Posting signage at the entrances to the facility stating that individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID19, have Symptoms of COVID-19, or have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days and have not completed the Post-Exposure Quarantine Protocol shall not enter the facility;