Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

Playgrounds to Open July 2, 2020 / Club Park Picnic Area Remains Closed

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 157, issued on Friday, June 26, 2020, authorized the reopening of playgrounds on July 2. The protective fencing around the Club’s playgrounds and play equipment, installed in March, will be removed that day and all equipment inspected. Picnic areas remain closed, though guidance is expected shortly.

Parents are requested to ensure social distancing among children (to the extent possible) by asking children to “take turns” on the climbers, slides, etc. Adults should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members. Where social distancing among adults is not possible, masks should be worn. Remember the three Ws to ward off coronavirus transmission: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

Below is important guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about visiting parks and recreational facilities:

Children should use hand sanitizer before and after use of the play equipment, and should be cautioned about touching any part of their face during playground use. Once home, following CDC handwashing guidelines is essential.

Please review this important guidance regarding hand sanitizer use by children from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Keep-Hand-Sanitizer-Out-of-Childrens-Reach.aspx

Notice: The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Ongoing
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Using the Club’s facilities or participating in its programs may increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 from others. Highland Lakes Country Club and Community Association in no way represents or warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in our programs or accessing our facilities.

Studies have shown that many individuals infected with the Covid-19 virus experience no apparent symptoms (asymptomatic). For more information on this topic, the following is suggested reading from Johns Hopkins University:


Please remember, we have a duty to each other to practice social distancing. We trust that members and their children will understand that the authorized gradual reopenings of outdoor facilities may result in closure if conditions of the Governor’s Order fail to be met.

Updates will be posted on the Club’s website and published in the Newsette as we all learn to adapt to the “new normal”.

Best wishes,

Jack McLaughlin
General Manager

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