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All about mask rules, events and shows


by Kathy Thayer

recreation manager

To mask or not to mask? With apologies to the Bard, that has been the question since the pandemicinduced shutdown two years ago, with regular adjustments, according to the guidelines taken from the state, Orange County, Cal/OSHA and the GRF Board.

On Feb. 28 the California Department of Public Health suspended the mask mandate that required most workers to wear masks indoors with other remaining restrictions lifted after March 11.

The restrictions were already removed for the general public indoors, except in certain specific locations. At that time, GRF had removed the requirement for residents except when in Mutual or GRF meetings, in GRF offices, or when in the presence of staff.

At the GRF Board Meeting held on March 22, two motions were passed that removed the mask mandate that was still in force which required masking at all meetings and in GRF offices. Subsequent to that, GRF announced staff was no longer required to mask up; however, in both decisions emphasized it was strongly recommended, following the stance of the various governmental agencies.

Masking has been a polarizing issue for some time, and GRF has always striven to err on the side of caution. The GRF looks to the cooperation of the community in respecting each other’s personal decision regarding masking. As always, people who don’t feel safe in an environment where others are not masked may choose to stay away.

Now that most amenities have reopened, the Recreation Department is busy planning special events, preparing for the Amphitheater season, and hiring and training staff for the Aquatic Center.

Next on the calendar is the Cinco de Mayo party, held in Clubhouse 6. Tentatively, the plan is to have a joint celebration with a grand opening for the Aquatic Center, pending final approval of the facility. Plan on joining the fun on May 5 with live music, tacos, and virgin margaritas even if the pool opening is moved to another date. Look for updates in the LW Weekly.

The 4th of July Classic Car Show and BBQ will feature the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Parade, more cars than ever coordinated by the Silver Fox Classic Car Club, food trucks, and a craft club show, also at Clubhouse 6 and the Administration parking lot. Live entertainment will have you dancing in the aisles so mark your calendar and invite your family to celebrate our Independence Day here.

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