Continued Confusion
Adams Stirling PLC
  California's Leader in Community Association LawMay 22, 2020

Supervisor Confused. I contacted the OC Healthcare Agency today inquiring as to directives on pool closures for HOAs. Rita (supervisor for HB, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa) confirmed that the current situation is confusing indeed.

RESPONSE: Governor Newsom's refusal to allow Counties to make their own decisions is creating confusion and potential liability for associations that open their pools pursuant county authorizations.

Override County? Do HOAs have the authority to override the County’s guidelines? Ventura County will soon allow pools to be open but my board refuses to do it. -Mauricio B.

RESPONSE: The County is not ordering the opening of pools, it is giving permission. It's up to each association to decide whether or not to open. The problem is Governor Newsom's standing order that pools must remain closed. It does not matter that the County says yes if the State says no.

Orange County. OC Healthcare Agency will not close any pools even though the State requires it. It is up to the HOA on whether to close or open. -David J.

RESPONSE: More evidence of confusion and growing civil disobedience created by conflicting jurisdictions.

Public Pools. On the chart under Los Angeles County, POOLS is listed as Closed. Does this mean pools accessible to the public? What about Condo Association pools, available only to residents? -Marilyn B.

RESPONSE: It includes HOA pools. See next email.

HOA Pools Deemed Public.
Today, I spoke with a representative from Governor Newsom's office, an LA Public Health Officer and the LA Recreational Waters Department. The State considers all pools that are ACCESSIBLE to 3 family units or more, to be PUBLIC pools. -Stuart H.

Santa Barbara. Public pools and spas located outdoors, including those in a homeowner’s association (HOA), apartment complex, hotel, motel, country or private club, county or city pool, and gym or fitness club may allow individuals of one household at a time, limited to six individuals from the single living unit, to swim, or to use the deck area and pool restrooms and showers. -Leila F.

San Diego. I was told that the San Diego County Health Czar has ruled HOA Pools to be classed as Community Pools for enforcement of COVID-19 rules. -Bob C.

San Bernardino. I called San Bernardino County on Monday, 5/18, and the staff person confirmed that San Bernardino County is still ordering HOA community pool closure. -Debra G.

Governor's Office. The number given in your email for the Governor’s Office has a NO LONGER IN SERVICE message. Phone: (916) 445-2841. Thank you. -Roger P.

RESPONSE: That's annoying. That is the phone number listed on the Governor's website. It's also the number listed on multiple other websites. You should try it again.

RECOMMENDATION: Governor Newsom is creating liability for associations that open their pools pursuant to County guidelines. One size does not fit all. A blanket prohibition against the opening of pools in California while simultaneously allowing hotels to open their pools makes no sense at all. The Governor needs to delegate that authority to Counties, where it belongs.

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COUNTY ORDERS. Some health department orders contain detailed requirements, while others are vague and poorly written. Boards should carefully review applicable health department orders and consult with legal counsel on when and how best to open their facilities.

NorCal Counties. Fresno County’s Attestation has been accepted. Fresno County has a new order which is no more informative than its prior Order. The City of Fresno’s order will be coming soon, according to their website and should hopefully provide more guidance.

Lake County’s Attestation has also been accepted. They also have a new health order, which does nothing other than allowing Stage 2 businesses to reopen and making face coverings required, with some exceptions.

Mendocino County’s Attestation has been accepted. Mono County’s Attestation has been accepted. They have an amended short-term rental order which clarifies that the State Order on this topic is to be followed.

Napa County’s Attestation has been accepted. The only update is the expansion of business openings. Sacramento County’s Attestation was accepted. They indicate that outdoor gatherings of no more than 10 people, observing social distancing, are allowed.

Solano County’s Attestation was accepted. They also updated the Exhibits B & C to their Order; these deal with social distancing protocol and allowable business openings. I added the link to the new Order.

San Mateo County has a new face covering order that I put in the face covering column. Stanislaus County’s Attestation was accepted. Tulare County has a new Order from 5/18 that I just found. It does not seem to change anything, other than stating that it will track to the State’s Orders. Yolo County’s Attestation was accepted.

SoCal Counties. No changes to report for SoCal counties.

County Chart. For a list of County restrictions and links to their orders, see an updated chart posted on the website. Thank you to readers for sending us information about their counties. If we missed anything, please contact us.

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Thank you for all the valuable information you provide. I thought this may be of interest: Guidance for Reopening Buildings after Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation. -DeeDee G.

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