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September 16, 2020

Hi All,

The Board of Directors held an Executive Session following last week’s Board meeting to discuss Orange County moving from the new tier of “Purple” into the “Red Tier” and how the Association would proceed with the new mandates. We continue to spend a lot of time researching, discussing with legal counsel, industry organizations and other professionals.

Just as the Board had done at the beginning of the pandemic, all plans and actions are thought out with the health and safety of our residents and staff as the priority.

Although the new tier allows us to open the gym to 10% of its capacity, the Board has decided to wait to implement the opening. Since the capacity for the gym is 28 pieces of equipment to utilize, that would only allow 2 people per hour to work out. Before COVID the gym averaged 100 users per day. We also want to see what opening the next Tier leads to – in other words, what will be the repercussions county wide. To open only to close right away does not make sense. We will revisit this when the next Tier is to be evaluated toward the end of the month.

The following is a summary of the current status of our Association amenities:

  • On September 15, the Board adopted the Temporary Emergency Facility Use Rules as permanent. However, these rules will be modified and removed as the conditions of the pandemic improve.
  • The no guestpolicy remains in effect.
  • Everyone 8 years and older must have an East Lake ID.
  • The RCII pool will be heated through November, or until such time that the gym is fully operational and government restrictions have been lifted. While this may cost more to heat in the winter, it offers an alternative exercise venue for our residents.
  • The Clubhousepools will be heated through October.
  • As of September 8, 2020 there will no longer be a Gate Monitor at the Clubhouse facility, so we are asking all residents to enter the facility through the main Clubhouse where staff will check the reservation and scan all ID cards.
  • For those families with strollers, wagons, etc., you are welcome to call the Clubhouse (714-779-0657) upon your arrival and staff will assist on opening a gate for your convenience.
  • The Clubhouse will remain closed except for the Front Desk and administrative offices. The Front Desk will continue to be open daily from 9 AM – 7 PM. We are asking all residents to make appointments and attempt to assist them over the phone or through email/digital communications.
  • We havereturned to the “normal” off-season reservation policy on all boats. (Guests are not allowed).
  • CATS may be reserved up to 7 days in advance. During weekdays in the off-season (the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day) a reservation is required in advance for all boats. Reservations must be made with the Clubhouse no later than close of business the day before the reservation date. Reservations are not required on weekends.
  • We are scheduling Boat Orientation Classes with limited capacities. If you are not yet certified to drive a CAT please call the Clubhouse to inquire about upcoming dates.
  • All in-person events and activities are cancelled through November. Our Activities Coordinator Bree Illum will continue to keep us entertained with virtual activities and fun trivia around the lake.

Since the children will not be going back to school physically, this would be a great chance for the kids to come over to the Clubhouse or RCII facilities to get some exercise at the pools, basketball courts, etc.

We will continue to keep you informed of any changes as we progress through these unstable times. In the meantime, should you need to contact the offices, please send an email to one of our employees:

      Susan Janowicz, General Manager [email protected]

      Jeff Leinen, Operations Manager [email protected]

      Robert Girolamo, Finance Manager [email protected]

      Cheryl Lee, Finance Assistant [email protected]

      Bree Illum, Activities Coordinator [email protected]

      Lisa Walton, Community Relations Coordinator [email protected]

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we hope everyone is staying well and keeping safe. Please continue to practice tactical distancing (new way of saying social distancing), while at the same time keeping in touch with your friends and family – it’s a best practice for your mental well-being.

Tactical Distancing is the new activity – wear it and your mask with honor!


Bridget Blehm


East Lake Village Community Association

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