Fallsmead News
2020 Fallsmead Swim Team Season Canceled
We regret to announce that the MCSL 2020 Swim Season has been CANCELLED.
The MCSL Executive Board delayed the final decision as long as possible so they could use the most up-to-date information. As of Thursday, May 21 (when the decision was announced) the county had yet to remove the “stay at home” restriction and was awaiting a sustained downward trend in key COVID-19 metrics. There was no way to predict when those circumstances would occur nor when the outdoor pools would be allowed to open. Additionally, if the outdoor pools eventually open, the expected restrictions would make it incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to execute competition in a safe manner.
Fallsmead Pool Opening Delayed
Montgomery County health officials announced yesterday that public pools (county run, as well as swim clubs and neighborhood pools) throughout the county will not be able to open for the Memorial Day weekend.
As a result, the Fallsmead Pool will remain closed this weekend. The county has not announced a date when they expect pools will be allowed to open (best estimates are mid-June to early July).
Reopening of Fallsmead Tennis/Racket Sports Courts
In light of Governor Hogan's amended stay-at-home order, the Fallsmead Tennis courts will be reopened as of 09 May 2020. To best protect tennis players and residents, the Fallsmead Tennis Committee has introduced the following steps to reinforce existing court reservation rules, and to add a few new recommendations and actions to help limit any unnecessary exposure to players as follows:
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Delayed: Fallsmead 2020 Spring Inspection 
With the Governor’s Stay At Home Order in effect until further notice, the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) has decided to delay the annual Spring Inspection for at least 30 days. The Spring Inspection, which usually occurs in May, will occur when the Stay At Home Order has been rescinded.
Park News and Social Distancing Reminder
The Board of Directors has taken action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 into our community consistent with Governor Hogan’s Stay-At-Home order. To facilitate social distancing and prevent the use of shared equipment, the Board decided to close the playground in our park. Additionally, the Board decided to add markers indicating a counter-clockwise direction of travel on the path around the pond to facilitate social distancing. THESE MEASURES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Board acknowledges the inconvenience these measures cause to our neighbors and thank everyone for doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A special thank you to our neighbors working in our hospitals on the front-lines of the battle against this disease.
Please remember that that the Governor's Stay-At-Home order permits individuals to leave their home to engage in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only if we do so in compliance with the CDC's social distancing guidance. Please keep at least a six feet distance from individuals outside your home, even if you are wearing a face mask. We are doing this not only for the health and safety of our families but also for the community at large. Please help keep everyone safe and healthy in Fallsmead!
Coronavirus Update
As we all do our part to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to remind folks of the heightened risks posed to our older neighbors, who may be in a higher risk category according to CDC guidance. We would ask that you consider the following:
  1. Be aware of senior neighbors who may be limiting their movements due to concerns about COVID-19. The CDC website recommends that older adults in communities where COVID-19 is spreading consider food deliveries through online methods, or through social networks. If you know of senior neighbors who may be avoiding public places to minimize risk of exposure to the virus, please consider reaching out to them via a call or email, to see if they are in need of assistance.
  2. Another alternative for those who would like to lend a helping hand to a neighbor (of any age) is the Fallsmead Neighborhood Assistance Program (contacts are Jesse Etelson 301-424-4355 or Jim Marinan 301-340-1325). The program consists of Fallsmead residents who have volunteered to assist those in need with a wide range of tasks. Both those who need assistance, or those who would like to volunteer to help, should contact Jesse and/or Jim to find out more.
Our concern for our neighbors, young and old, makes Fallsmead a special place to live. Please consider talking to your neighbors who may be in need of assistance, and providing help where you can.
Fallsmead Spring Community Meeting Postponed
The Fallsmead Spring Community Meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th, has been postponed. We do not yet have a new date for the Community Meeting, but we will notify the community when we do.
New Fallsmead Pet Directory
Want to connect with other neighborhood pet parents for walks in the park or pet playdates? Or did you find a lost pet and you are wondering where to look for the owners? The Fallsmead Pet Directory can be the place to start!
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