Fall dumpster is coming see Community News page.
CPII spa was closed on October 13 when a razor was found at the bottom. Use of the spas for hygiene routines has been an increasing problem for a few years. Each episode takes the spa offline for a minimum of 24 hours. Please bathe AT HOME and introduce nothing to the spa water aside from yourself. No soap, bubble bath, bath oil, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes etc. Call a COA at 520-343-2440 to report misuse of the spas. Help us keep amenities open!
All polling places at GVR centers will be open (for voting only) on election day, Tuesday, November 3. Masks and social distancing are required. Voters who cannot wear a mask have until next Friday, October 23, to request a mail-in ballot. Click HERE for information.
Table Tennis has moved to the Canoa Hills auditorium. The schedule will expand through the end of the year: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 6:00am-1:00pm, club priority, 1:00pm to 6:00pm, drop-in play. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 6:00am-6:00pm, drop-in play. All supplies provided.
GVR movies are back! To view upcoming movies and the CHANGES to GVR movies processes, please click HERE.
More dedicated space clubs will reopen in the coming weeks. Click HERE for a list of currently-open clubs.
Reader's theatre matinees are coming. Save the dates! At 3:00pm Friday, November 13, and Friday, December 18, the GVR Valley Players will present a reader's theatre performance at West Center. Stand by for details.
WEAR MASKS, COVERING YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH
THE GVR MASK RULE, RESTATED: (9/25/20)
1. Masks do not replace social distancing. Both are expected.
2. At all centers, in all areas, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth unless you are playing ball on a court, exercising in a fitness class, or engaged in a water exercise that will naturally result in a wet mask. If your water exercise will naturally result in a wet mask, take it off. Otherwise, wear one. Sometimes, this means starting a water workout without a mask (doing a few laps with a kick board) and then putting one on (to do some water walking.)
3. Exemptions are few and limited to outdoor areas. Those who are under age 5, medically unable, or communicating with a person who reads lips, may forego the mask only when outdoors.
4. No exemptions are permitted indoors. All members must wear masks properly (covering nose and mouth) at all times, no exceptions, when indoors. People who cannot wear a mask, cannot enter a GVR building—not even to use the restroom. This is unfortunate, but essential to protect staff and members.
Fitness center users may want to bring multiple masks and change them out as they get sweaty. Masks must be properly worn in the fitness centers, at all times, per the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Face Shields are not masks and are not substitutes for masks.Members who qualify as exempt from the outdoor mask rule may wear a face shield if they like, but should know that per the CDC, shields do not provide adequate protection from the coronavirus. All members who do not qualify for an exemption must wear cloth or surgical masks covering their nose and mouth. Again, there are no exceptions indoors. Even if you qualify for an exemption while outdoors, you must don a mask (not just a shield) to go indoors..
Because some members in outdoor spaces have legitimate mask exemptions, do not confront fellow members who are maskless outdoors. No GVR member has been deputized to enforce the mask rule. If you observe obvious defiance of the rule, call the Center Operations Assistant at 520-343-2440.
On the other hand:
Because a properly-worn mask protects others, it is common for people to feel disrespected by dishonest efforts to get around the rule. Conflict results. Please. Wear a mask.
As the COVID infection rate in southern Arizona has declined, and GVR members have become more accustomed to the new habits of mask-wearing and social distancing, GVR's confidence in reopening has increased. Barring a significant change in those trends, GVR intends to reopen as fully as regulations and social distancing allow, by January 1, 2021.
This means that at this time we expect to resume socially-distanced versions of classes, concerts, club activities, and other indoor recreational options that are compatible with necessary precautions. Keep wearing your masks and avoiding gatherings! It's working and GVR is reopening amenities steadily as a result.
Las Campanas (the entire center) will close on Thursday, October 8 and Thursday, October 22 for solar projects that require all power to be cut to the center. These solar projects involve Tucson Electric Power (TEP) shutting off the main power supply, Solar Gain completing their work, then TEP returning to restore power. Solar Gain provides an estimate of the time required to complete their tasks, but TEP will not provide an estimated time to return and restore power. For that reason, we announce that the entire center will be closed all day, and reopen it if TEP turns us back on two or more hours before closing. On October 8, that is likely, but on October 22, less so. In any event, the fitness center will remain shut on those dates as our reservation system is not sufficiently nimble for this sort of scenario. If you are a devoted fan of Las Campanas pool or tennis, watch the app or the pool status page for a pleasant surprise. If the pool opens, tennis will as well.
Two club-dedicated spaces will reopen on Wednesday, September 23: the Woodworking Shop and the Glass Arts kiln room. GVR will assess how these openings go and, depending on conditions and discoveries, continue to open club-dedicated spaces weekly through October, with additional dates being scheduled. All club-dedicated spaces that reopen will do so with occupancy limits, sanitation procedures, and other regulations as designed by the club in collaboration with GVR staff. Not all dedicated-space clubs have pursued reopening and clubs without dedicated spaces are not yet resuming activities at GVR. For more information about what your club is planning, reach out to your club president. Club-dedicated spaces may only be used by members of the clubs that occupy those spaces. Most GVR clubs are very affordable and provide quality instruction and tools, and rewarding connection with like-minded folks
The Ceramics Studio will reopen on Wednesday, September 30. The Woodworking Shop and the Glass Arts kiln room reopened last week. All club-dedicated spaces that reopen will do so with occupancy limits, sanitation procedures, and other regulations as designed by the club in collaboration with GVR staff. Not all dedicated-space clubs have pursued reopening and clubs without dedicated spaces are not yet resuming activities at GVR. For more information about what your club is planning, reach out to the club president. To learn more about GVR clubs and get contact information, click HERE.
Guidelines and Reminders:
PLEASE SHOWER AT HOME BEFORE SWIMMING.
DO NOT USE ANY FACILITY IF YOU ARE ILL.
IF A CLOSE ASSOCIATE HAS FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, DO NOT CONTINUE USING FACILITIES UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NEGATIVE COVID TEST OR UNTIL TEN DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE YOUR LAST INTERACTION WITH THE ILL PERSON, AND YOU REMAIN SYMPTOM-FREE.
Reminder: No drinking fountains are available. Bring lots of water!
Please choose a 1-hour slot and enter your name for that reservation time.** NOTE: **You cannot make a reservation until 24-hours prior to your desired exercise time.
• Masks are required AT ALL TIMES in the Fitness Rooms.
• Maintain a social distance of six (6) feet or more.
• Occupancy levels are reduced to 25%.
• Please bring water, fountains unavailable.
• Please bring your own towel.
GVR was granted permission by the State of Arizona to reopen Canoa Ranch Fitness Center on September 9, 2020. Reopening is contingent on GVR and GVR members adhering to strict guidelines set forth by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) -
Following are several AZDHS guidelines that require changes to GVR policies implemented prior to the second COVID-19 shutdown in late June:
Limiting capacity to 25%
Face coverings required AT ALL TIMES
Please do not enter any GVR Center if you have: Fever, cough, muscle pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or flu-like symptoms
Implementing an online reservation system
Members are required to wipe down equipment before AND after use
The good news is - GVR's new Online Fitness Reservation system is easy-to-use. Click below to learn how!
GVR will reopen more fitness centers over the coming weeks, assuming the overall COVID-19 trend continues in a positive direction, also assuming that all GVR members adhere to the new guidelines and protocols set forth by the State.
Thank you all for your patience and we look forward to seeing you back in the fitness centers very soon!
If you have questions about the fitness center reopening, please email Hotline@gvrec.org