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July 13, 2020
Genoveva Chavez Community Center Re-Opening Monday, July 20, 2020 With Strict COVID Protocols In Place

Face Coverings are required per updated Governors Orders (except when in the pool)

Admission Will Be With Reservation Only, One-Hour Time Limit, Masks Required, Complete Sanitizing Between Sessions 

When the Genoveva Chavez Community Center re-opens on Monday July 20 it will have in place new COVID protocols designed to keep patrons and staff safe, while following orders from the Governor.  Only certain portions of the facility will be open, and it will be by reservation only—no walk-ins.

“We are so excited to welcome patrons back to your Genoveva Chavez Community Center,” said Parks and Recreation Director John Muñoz said. “And while the experience will feel different, we are committed to assuring that everyone is coming into a safe and sanitized space. By following our guidelines we believe we can all stay safe and healthy.”

Visitor sessions will be limited to an hour and timed so that a thorough cleaning can be done between sessions. We are requiring patrons to make reservations and asking that they show up for their allotted times.


Monday – Friday    6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.; 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday   8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. - 3:30pm

Closed Sunday 


General facility, reservation and check-in process:

·       All patrons are required to wear masks at all times including during exercise. Masks must remain on throughout the facility including the Natatorium area until you enter the water

·       Patrons will begin their visit with a call to reserve a spot in either the pool (24 spaces available), the Fitness area (25 spaces available) or the basketball gymnasium (8 spaces available)

·       Entry into our facility is by reservation only--you will not be allowed in without a reservation for safety control purposes

·       Reservations will be accepted by phone only--please call 505 955-4065 or 505 955-4066 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a space

·       Space is limited--once you make a reservation please show up

·       Staff will be on-site beginning Friday, July 17 at 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to accept reservations for Monday, July 20, (opening day)

·       Patrons will be required to sign a waiver and a code of conduct as a condition of entry

·       Each person will have 1 hour to recreate. At the end of the facility session the building will be cleared completely and sanitized for the next set of patrons

·       At the entrance and throughout the facility you will be required to maintain 6 feet distance, floors will be marked, machines will be taped off and equipment will be spaced accordingly and staff will be monitoring and enforcing this rule

All patrons will be screened upon entry which will include a temperature check and the following screening questions:  and asked:   1. Have you had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell in the past 14 days? 2. Have you had contact with a person known to be infected, potentially infected, or exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days? 3. Have you or someone you’ve been in contact with traveled out-of-state or internationally in the last 14 days? If you answer yes to any of these questions or have a temperature that is 100.4 or higher, you will not be allowed to enter the facility

·       If you have symptoms, please cancel your session and stay home

·       Please arrive wearing proper swim/workout attire--Locker Rooms and Showers will not be available

·       For safety control purposes Children under 10 will not be allowed during Phase One

·       We will keep reviewing and determine next steps for youth recreation

·       Bring your own water, fountains will be taped off



·       Natatorium will be accessed through the blue doors at the bottom of the stair well

·       A total of 24 spots are available--16 in lanes for lap swimmers and 8 in the shallow end for vertical exercising. One swimmer per lane

·       Exit the pool area through the poolside doors


Fitness area:

·       25 spots available for weight room, track, mezzanine, nook and functional training room with no more than 10 people allowed in any one area

·       Patrons asked to wipe down equipment before and after use

·       Personal training one-on-one is allowed, no group training

·       Adjacent pieces of equipment will be taped off to create adequate social distance

·       Fitness classes will not take place during Phase One




·       No organized basketball games

·       Bring your own ball if possible

·       No pickle ball, badminton or table tennis until further notice

·       Pickle ball and tennis are currently available outdoors in designated parks


Increased Cleaning & Disinfecting – The GCCC will follow CDC Guidelines

The GCCC will use EPA-approved disinfectants and perform sanitizing and disinfecting best practices as provided by the CDC. The GCCC has invested in extra hand sanitizing stations, disinfecting wipes and cleaning products, and they are readily available for member use throughout the facility.

Each department director in our facility has created new cleaning guidelines for their staff. These plans include detailed checklists and schedules. For example: all high-touch areas will be cleaned every hour (equipment, doorknobs, countertops, handles etc.). All staff has become a part of the cleaning crew, and we are each dedicated to keeping our members healthy. We also expect our members to pitch in – we have placed ample amounts of signage reminding members to clean equipment before and after use. Rule of thumb when it comes to fitness equipment – if you touch it, please clean it.

The team at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center and all our other recreational facilities are the same wonderful people you have worked with in past years.  They will do absolutely everything possible to make your experience at our facility pleasant and rewarding. We know that being able to access the GCCC is good for our patrons’ physical as well as mental wellbeing.  Please be considerate of our staff: team members are mothers, daughters, dads, sons, and partners and have loved ones who depend on them.  It is important for all patrons to adhere to our safety guidelines.  So put on your tennis shoes or get out your flippers and we will see you soon!





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