RCSC board to consider ‘back to normal’ plan in Sun City

1st reading scheduled April 12


Sun City residents who frequent the recreation centers facilities can tentatively mark their calendars for a return to normal.

The Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors will consider a recommendation for a plan called “Getting Back To Normal” during its next regular meeting, 9 a.m. Monday, April 12 in the auditorium at Sundial Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave.

The item was added to the board’s meeting agenda following Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey April 5 signing Senate Bill 1377 into law. The bill provides immunity from liability for damages in any civil action for any injury, death or loss to any person or property that is based on any claim that a non-profit organization failed to protect the person or property from the effects of a public health pandemic.

“The idea of getting back to normal at the Recreation Centers of Sun City sounds great after a year of restrictions and closures!” RCSC officials stated in an email to cardholders. “This has not been an easy year for anyone, including RCSC staff, who have, unfortunately, been the brunt of some RCSC cardholders’ frustrations. Let’s put that all behind us now and move forward with gratitude for another joy-filled day in this magnificent Sun City community!”

The recommendation is listed as an agenda item, which, if passed, normally would have to be approved in two more readings before it becomes final.

The recommendation sets May 17 as the date to get back to normal.

“This provides RCSC employees under 55 years of age sufficient time to get fully vaccinated after just having the opportunity to do so starting March 24,” RCSC officials stated.

Sun City, based on the 85351 ZIP code, achieved a 61% vaccination rate, according to RCSC officials.

If given final approval, the recommendation would see all RCSC facilities are open and available to cardholders for without use or capacity limits. In addition, all chartered clubs can reopen and conduct normal activities, but must confirm with the Clubs Office prior to reopening. The measure would also open all facilities to guests and visitors, and children’s hours will resume at the RCSC pools. The Sun City Visitors Center will reopen, entertainment and events will resume, along with rental of RCSC facilities, fitness centers will no longer be closed from noon-1 p.m. daily for sanitation. However, full sanitation will continue to occur at night when facilities are closed.

While a full reopening will be considered, RCSC officials encourage residents to continue to be cautious. That includes following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include the use of face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, using hand sanitizer upon entry to RCSC facilities and sanitizing every RCSC piece of equipment before and after use utilizing the sanitation method provided by RCSC.