MVF is open for business during this health emergency, but the virus and the necessary state directives to contain the spread of the virus are impacting how and what services we are providing. Our recreation program offerings, community center and gym activities and special events have been ceased during the stay-at-home order. Other departments have been less impacted such as Community Management, Architectural Standards, Finance and Administration and Communications.
Twenty-five employees from different departments are working remotely, and a handful of employees come to the office on a limited basis—using social distancing protocols—to perform certain functions so that the operations can continue. Unfortunately, due to lack of work and the types of jobs they perform, 24 employees have been furloughed. As the Governor and local health departments give us direction on resuming activities and opening up once again (which is likely to be a slow process), an evaluation of when these employees can return to work will be made. We want the entire team back!
MVF is planning for the summer season and opening up, but we know that it will be a slow, staged process. The number one question I have been getting from residents is: “What about the pools, Dave?” The current plan is to have at least 3 or 4 pools ready to open at some point this summer. The MVF Board will discuss this issue at their May Board meeting. According to Governor Hogan’s recently released Roadmap to Recovery Plan (April 24, 2020), pools might be included in the medium risk category, but more information is needed and will probably be released in the coming days/weeks so that decisions can be made.
I am sure that the county health department will issue regulations to enforce social distancing, including how many entrants will be allowed at each pool area, who will need to wear masks and where and how pool furniture must be cleaned, etc.
To be ready for an eventual opening, MVF staff is already preparing new operational plans to train staff and guide residents in any new procedures. The staff is trying to predict what social distancing and hygiene regulations will be required as they prepare plans. The same detailed planning is being done for summer camps and other programs.
MVF’s financial picture will change as the stay-at-home order continues and jobs are lost, salaries are cut and residents navigate new financial situations. We know that it is very difficult time for our community members and will work with homeowners on an individual basis on paying assessments.
We noticed that the delinquency rate had started to increase earlier in 2020, and there is no doubt that this trend will continue. MVF is a small business that provides services to members and we must continue to pay our employees, pay the bills and maintain our facilities so we can continue operations. The Board will continue to make decisions about how to move forward during these terribly difficult and uncertain times. We look forward to your input along the way. By working together, we can get through this!