We're looking forward to our next phase of reopening this Friday, June 26th. At that time, we'll be opening some of our public bathrooms so that residents that don't have alternative toilets will be able to stay at the property.
In order to stay at your cottage, if you have not already done so, you will need to fill out the Disclosure form on our website and drop it off in the dropbox at the office.
The fire barn & side of the road bathrooms will be available for use starting this Friday evening. The bathroom trailer has been delivered and will be hooked up ASAP. We are not opening all of the bathrooms, just our new facilities whose method of construction is more conducive to the cleaning that the CDC is recommending in response to the COVID pandemic. Dump Stations/Middle station will be available for those with porta potties. Town water will also be available at these bathrooms in the usual locations. Please be advised, we had to have the entire firebarn bathroom system jetted and snaked due to people flushing items that should not be flushed. Please pay attention to what you are flushing down the toilets including the dump station. The pipes were clogged with feminine products and un-identifiable objects. This CAN'T continue to happen.
In an effort to keep everyone safe and to maintain social distancing, we'll be limiting the number of people who may be inside each bathroom to 50% of the number of stalls in each bathroom at one time. This applies to both the men's and women's restrooms. Two people will be allowed in each side (men's side and women's side) of the bathroom trailer, two people will be allowed in each side of the side of the road bathroom, and three people will be allowed in each side of the fire barn bathroom. If a bathroom is at capacity, we ask that you remain outside until someone leaves.
The operating bathrooms will be cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines and will be locked during cleaning. If the door is locked, please do not bang on the door. You will need to use another facility until it is done being cleaned. We are encouraging people to utilize their own facilities to keep traffic down in the public bathrooms.
In order to maintain social distancing, we are going to continue with our current policy of not allowing guests at this time. We ask that only residents and their immediate families (children, siblings, parents) visit and stay at the property. While we are still encouraging everyone to mail in requests or use the lockbox, we will allow residents to purchase and pick up RESIDENT ONLY stickers at store through the window on the following days from 9:30am - 4:00pm: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. No one will be available to issue stickers Monday, Wednesday or Fridays.
Our office/store will remain closed to residents and the public.
Doggie Pot stations will be placed on main road and at "dog park" in west corner of property ASAP. We promise it is on the list of things to do. As to the benches, we are not placing them out this season. They are in need of a lot of work and are also high traffic touch spots so we made the decision not to put them out this year. We understand this is upsetting to some but these are challenging times and we are doing the best we can to cut down on unnecessary touch points.
After consulting with representatives of the U.S. Postal service, going forward we no longer accept mail delivery on the property. Be aware that this is a permanent change. As suggested earlier, for residents needing local mail service, you will need to make arrangements for a Post Office box with a local U.S. Post Office. If you would like to mail a letter, there is a box on Matunuck Beach Road in front of the laundromat.
Packages from FedEx and UPS may be delivered directly to your cottage. We will be monitoring this process to be sure it does not create a safety issue.
As you will see from the Disclosure form, there are still social distancing, cloth face covering, and social gathering restrictions in place. We ask that you comply with these requirements.
Please keep in mind the following:
a. Maintaining physical distancing will remain a focus, both among individuals and among groups, both on the property and on the beach.
b. Residents who are coming from locations with active community spread or stay at home orders, should not visit the property, or if so, should self-quarantine for 14 days.
c. Residents will be requested to wear face coverings in the rest rooms and have a mask available at all times while outside their cottage.
d. While we are working to ensure that we can clean the bathrooms to the required RIDOH and CDC guidelines, residents should bring and use their own disinfecting cleaners and hand sanitizers for use while on the property.
e. Residents who have qualifying alternative toilets are encouraged to use their own facilities rather than the public restrooms.
f. Public amenities (fire barn, gazebo) will remain closed.
g. Residents who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must leave the property immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Residents who become symptomatic and require assistance should call 211.
h. We encourage residents to comply with suggested contact tracing recommendations. This could be very helpful should an outbreak occur.
COVID-19 is a highly infectious and transmittable virus, and the nature of our facility makes it impossible to guarantee our resident's safety from the virus. By entering the RCB property you and visitors to your cottage are assuming the risk that you may be exposed to COVID-19, and the risk of transmitting the virus to those you come in contact with.
We are hoping that things will continue to normalize as the summer progresses, but we are aware of the uptick in cases in other states with looser restrictions than here in Rhode Island. We are asking everyone to do their best to comply with all suggested guidelines and restrictions so that all of our residents and their families remain safe and reduce the chance that RCB will be ordered to shut down due to an outbreak.
Nancy, Rob & Christa
Here are the links for required COVID-19 paperwork:
• State of RI Executove Order 20-40
• State of RI Executove Order 20-41-2
• Matunuck Beach Properties Disclosure and Form
• Town of South Kingstown Building Inspector Toilet Certification Form
• State of RI Covid Information and Form
• Letter from the Town Of South Kingstown Town Manager