County Pushes State to Re-Open Pools

June 5, 2020

During the June 3, 2020 Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisors Don Wagner and Michelle Steel urged County staff to pressure the State to permit the reopening of pools. Per State mandates, Orange County is not permitted to open either public pools or private community pools during Stage 2 – despite the reopening activities in LA, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. The Supervisors expressed their belief that individuals and families should be able to access pools, and their frustration was echoed by County staff.

SAMLARC’s four (4) Pools and Lagoon are considered by code and law as public pools under private ownership. SAMLARC is, therefore, subject to compliance with the County and State’s requirements and must remain closed. However, the SAMLARC Board Executive Committee and SAMLARC’s Management Company (FirstService Residential) have developed plans to reopen the pools when the State and County permit.

SAMLARC’s reopening plans incorporate the guidance issued by the Orange County Environmental Health Agency (OCEHA) and include disinfection plans, lowering facility capacity, and social distancing protocols among other recommendations. OCEHA issued this guidance on May 7, 2020, though there had been no indication that pools would be permitted to open. By proactively creating reopening plans, SAMLARC is working to ensure that the Membership is able to enjoy the pools when permitted.

At the Board of Supervisors Meeting, Supervisor Lisa Bartlett indicated that County staff anticipated an announcement from the State late this week regarding public pools and Stage 3 sectors. As of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, the Governor’s Office had not issued an announcement regarding public pools. The SAMLARC Board of Directors looks forward to hea