2020 Season Update

“Mommy I miss swimming in the pool. It makes me happy. But we can’t now because of the coronavirus.”- Eve, age 5 years


This conversation one of our board members had with their child sums up how many of us feel at this time.  As we’re seeing signs of Spring and the pool is being prepped as usual for warmer weather, we want to give you an update on the HMR Swim Team given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

As you all know, Governor Northam has issued a stay at home order until June 10, 2020 (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf).  The end date of this order is subject to change based on the state of the global pandemic and projections for COVID-19 infections in Virginia.  As you are also probably painfully aware, this illness is a moving target and projections are changing on an almost daily basis.

Our swim league, the James River Aquatic Club (JRAC), is currently mulling over various different options in an attempt to salvage the summer swim season- a meeting to discuss said options (including a July start to the season, a condensed meet schedule, etc) was held this week. With no firm guidelines to follow, a final decision was not reached and the conversation will be continued at the next meeting in May.

However, it is difficult to see at this point how we will be able to proceed with a summer season as usual. Given the current uncertainties regarding the duration of the current stay at home order, the trajectory of this pandemic, and the fact that social distancing will likely need to continue for some period after the stay at home order is lifted, HMR Swim Team has made the difficult decision that we will NOT have a swim team this summer.

Our utmost priority has always been and continues to be the safety and wellbeing of all of our team members and their families, our coaching staff, and the amazing volunteers that help to power our team.  We hope that you understand the rationale behind the decision and look forward to seeing you all back next summer.

We will continue to post updates and reminders on our Facebook page and via email.  If you are interested in receiving information regarding future plans for the swim team for the 2021 season, please send an email to [email protected].


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