On April 14th, 2020; California Governor Gavin Newsome at a press conference gave the media a look at what the future of the “Safer at Home” restrictions look like and how the easement of the restrictions will look like going forward. He stated that it will not be as if flipping a light switch but will gradually happen over time. The announcement was certainly good news for us and our strategic partner, HB Mermaids. We have both been adversely affected by the COVID-19 National Emergency and with the latest news gives us hope that we can rebuild and move forward doing what we love. We also know that many moms and event planners will be happy as well. This means that we will be seeing more small backyard pool parties for all those kids who have been kept in lock down and need a way to release all that pent up energy!
Governor Newsome reassured concerned Californians that the “Safer at Home” orders are not permanent. He stated the state will go from a “surge” to state of “suppression” mentality. He went on to further say that with Memorial Day and the 4th of July around the corner, very large gatherings would be prohibited until a vaccine is made available however our position is that with that being so far down the road, there will be much resistance.
The official announcement on when the restrictions will begin easing are expected in the next fourteen days as per Newsome. We are hoping that the restrictions will begin to ease between May 1st – May 15th.
In anticipation and based on the announcement, the senior staff here at Golden State Lifeguards have drafted new procedures for lifeguards working in the field. We will require as it has been, that all staff wear masks while in the vicinity of others such as small pool parties or at aquatic facilities. Additionally all lifeguards will be required to carry Sanizide in their bags for disinfection purposes. One of the most significant changes will be that all lifeguards will be required to be trained/re-trained on the use of AMBU bags in case of cardiac/respiratory emergencies to limit close contact during CPR. There will be other new procedures in place as well that will be implemented in the best interest of staff and clients.
So as the restrictions are eased, now what? What does a pool party look like? What precautions can be taken going forward?
If you are planning a pool party or would like to plan a party, here are just a few things you can consider:
- Limit your party to less than 35 guest/kids
- Make sure that if anyone develops fever/cough prior to party to stay at home
- Social distancing may be difficult but doable.
- Vendors such as caterers should wear protective masks at all times
With the restrictions being eased, we predict that inquiries and bookings will be at an all time high and we have done everything we can to be able to handle the surge by bolstering our staff. Needless to say, it will be nice to get back to work!!
If you would like to book a lifeguard, please go to our booking form. All requests will handled on first come, first serve basis.