September 15, 2021 – Some Restrictions Relaxed

With additional information from the Oregon Public Health Department, the Mountain Meadows board has voted to re-open the Dining Room, to vaccinated residents only, under the same restrictions that apply to public restaurants. Masks are to be worn in the Dining Room at all times when the diners are not seated at their own tables. With relief, we are pleased to be able to dine in the company of other residents again.

In addition, larger gatherings may be held in the Clubhouse, but are open to residents only and with masks to be worn at all times. This has allowed us to reinstate our popular Wednesday Classic Film nights, and our monthly Friday Forums. Most committees and boards have, however, decided to continue to hold their meetings via Zoom.

 

August 23, 2021 – State COVID-19 restrictions re-imposed

We're leaving the following section in place with the expectation  that the community will be returning to a more normal situation later this fall, but in the meantime, the relaxed restrictions in Oregon only lasted about eight weeks before a surge of new COVID cases in Oregon and local Jackson County required the governor impose restrictions to mitigate transmission of COVID. In particular, larger indoor gatherings, such as in our dining room for meals, and in our assembly and meeting rooms in the Clubhouse had to be put on hold.

As of August 23, the Dining Room food services staff returned to a delivery-only situation, with residents able to order from the menu for the next day and have their meals delivered to their residences. Meetings and gatherings are no longer being held in the Clubhouse, with our movie nights indefinitely postponed, and all meetings reverting to Zoom arrangements.

Our Fitness Center, Library and Workshop are still open to residents, but under mask and social-distancing rules. The pool is used by one person or family at a time with advanced reservations.

With a sad feeling of déja vu, we have gone back to circumstances of earlier this year but with some gratitude that at least we've had a short respite to remind ourselves of the convivial nature of our community and the expectation that with continued progress of vaccinations, the current problems will eventually be overcome and we'll be able to gather again as a community.

July 1, 2021 – Mountain Meadows is gradually returning to normal

Our experience at Mountain Meadows since the Oregon Governor ordered a statewide response to the Coronavirus Pandemic over one year ago tells a great deal about the advantages of living in a self-owned and self-directed planned community of active adults. During the shutdown, we  found substitutes for many activities and services that we had to give up temporarily, and found new ways of doing things that we will continue to enjoy after all of this is over. Overall, we counted ourselves fortunate to live where we do. But now, with over 90 percent of the residents and staff fully vaccinated against the virus, and the state gradually relaxing its restrictions, the community has begun to return to the life style we enjoyed pre-COVID.

With the official lifting of COVID restrictions throughout Oregon on July 1, Clubhouse life has pretty much returned to normal. Committee meetings are now being scheduled for the various meeting rooms, and the first in-person Mountain Meadows Owners Association Board Meeting in over a year will be held in our primary space, the Mt. Ashland Room, this month.

Music at the Meadows is also returning to our primary space, the Mt. Ashland Room. Our first concert there was held July 7, welcoming a cellist known throughout the region to entertain our residents. In addition, our resident volunteer concert impresario and classic music buff has announced that the long-standing Wednesday evening Movies at the Meadows will start again this month.

The Fitness Center is open for individual use, as is the pool and spa, though only pool classes and water volleyball have resumed. The woodwork shop and craft studio are open, as is the library.

The dining room has reopened to residents on a reservation basis, though with greater spacing among tables and conscientious measures by staff members to protect diners.  We hope to be able to welcome guests of residents in a few weeks.

Though many residents have been able to socialize in the comfortable outdoor settings of our campus, it is a pleasure to see old friends again in the indoor settings of our Clubhouse, Dining Room and Fitness Center.

 

 

Mountain Meadows during the Pandemic

The Mountain Meadows Owners Association Board of Directors and the RCM management company staff worked very hard to keep things a normal as possible while keeping everyone safe and healthy. This required quick adaptation to changing circumstances and regulations, a process that was facilitated by a close working relationship between the Mountain Meadows Owners Association board and the onsite management company team. For the benefit of people who are interested in the policies and decisions made during that period, the following is from our website announcements during the Pandemic shut-down period.

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