COVID-19 News & Updates

The Quechee Club is closely monitoring the guidance from our local and federal authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). We care deeply about the health and safety of our members, staff, and community.

This page will be continuously updated with news regarding the COVID-19 situation and how it pertains to The Quechee Club community.


CLUBHOUSE RE-OPENING EFFECTIVE JUNE 8, 2020

We are glad to welcome our Members to the Clubhouse once again! For the health and safety of the Membership, our community and staff, please know we are enforcing physical distancing guidelines and encourage all Members to wear a mask while in the building and interacting with our staff.

Please be aware that the only entrances into the Clubhouse, until further notice, are through the front doors into the main lobby and the Health Club, located at the back.

We kindly request that Members only enter the building for the following amenities and services: Membership Services. Accounting, Accessing the Health Club or Pools*, Dining on Dewey's*
*Reservations required

Meetings with other staff and management is by appointment only. No walk-ins are accepted at this time.


Clubhouse Services Hours of Operation


Membership Services
Daily | 8:00am to 4:00pm
Telephone: (802) 295-9356
Email: info@quecheeclub.com

Accounting / Member Billing
Monday through Friday | 8:00am to 4:30pm
Telephone: (802) 299-2112
Email: will.ploof@quecheeclub.com


DINING - INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

DEWEY'S LUNCH AND DINNER
Indoor Dining Available Beginning Monday, June 8

Hours of Operation
Monday - Tuesday | 11:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday - Sunday | 11:00am to 8:00pm
*Italian Night Wednesdays 4:00-8:00pm

At this time, dining is limited to Quechee Club Members, Family and Family Guests. We are
required to collect the names and contact information of all persons in a reservation for
contact tracing purposes as outlined in Vermont's mandatory health and safety requirements
for businesses. Members may call (802) 299-2126 or reserve online or on the mobile app.

Reservations are required. Walk-ins are not allowed until further notice.
 
Mask Use
  • We request that all guests wear a mask whenever possible.
  • Please know that all Quechee staff are wearing masks and gloves when working, and are follow appropriate santizing procedures, per the Vermont health and safety requirements.

Entry and
Parking
  • Until further notice, access to Dewey's is only available by the outdoor stairs near the Health Club parking lot.Parking is available at the two lots across the road from the Clubhouse.
  • Please refrain from using the parking lot near the Health Club and the 10 minute parking at the front of the Clubhouse.

Handicap Access
  • Handicap parking is available at the front of the Clubhouse in the marked spots and in 10 minute parking. A state-issued placard must be visibly displayed.
     
  • For handicap access to Dewey's, please let us know via a comment on your online reservation, call us at (802) 299-2126, or email dining@quecheeclub.com. We will have a staff member meet you at the front entrance of the Clubhouse to let you into the building prior to your reservation.
 

RENTER/GUEST ACCESS UPDATE

The Club will be allowing restricted access to Renters and Guests of Members starting this Friday, June 26th.

We are pleased to be able to offer Daily/Weekly access to Lake Pinneo and the Racquet Sports facility, and 3-day tee time access to the Golf Course! Passes to Lake Pinneo and Racquet Sports can be purchased at Membership Services. Renters wishing to play Golf must first visit the Membership Services Desk in the Main Clubhouse to verify Renter status and sign a Covid-19 certification form.

Due to the Covid-19 capacity restrictions set forth by the State of Vermont, the Indoor/Outdoor Aquatics facilities and the Fitness Center will continue to be available to Members and Family Guests only at this time.
 

 

June 9, 2020 - Renter/Guest Access to Club Amenities

As we approach the summer season in Quechee, we are excited that Golf, Aquatics, Tennis and Dining facilities are available now, with sports and children’s recreation camps beginning soon! This has certainly been a challenging time for Members and staff, and it is nice to see everyone outside enjoying the fresh air.

This is the time of year when we usually welcome back a large part of our Renter population as well, after months of not being able to visit Vermont, the restrictions regarding lodging are set to expire on June 15th and we have received many inquiries from Members who rent their homes, Rental Agents and visitors themselves asking if Renters/Guests will be able to access the Club and the amenities. Information from the state regarding cross-state travel may be viewed online.

Unfortunately, the capacity restrictions outlined in the State of Vermont’s Phased Restart have limited operations to 25% of approved fire safety occupancy. There is a total limit of 50 customers that can be served/seated in outside dining, a limit of 15 in the fitness facility during scheduled blocks of time and a limit of 60 people on the pool deck at any one time. All of these areas are mandated to follow the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet as well as sanitize and disinfect chairs, tables and equipment between reserved time slots.

Given these restrictions, we have decided to limit club use to our first priority – our Members and their Family Guests. We hope that in time Vermont’s phased reopening plans will allow us to open our facility to renters and visitors once again. We understand the disappointment and difficulties this decision brings to our community and are monitoring the State of Vermont’s updates carefully. All information regarding the Covid-19 situation, Clubhouse reopening information and recent President’s Letters can be found on our website at https://quecheeclub.com/web/pages/covid-19-information

Thank you for your understanding.


Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

May 27, 2020

Greetings Fellow Quechee Club Members,

I expect that this will be one of the most difficult President’s Letters of my term.

During the last couple of months, your Board of Trustees and staff have been working to help control the spread of the COVID-19 to “flatten the curve” so that our local medical facilities were not overwhelmed, transmission was reduced and we protected the health and safety of our members and staff. We accomplished this by closing our facilities, furloughing staff and requesting that members observe the state’s recommendations for quarantining. Over this period, I have received numerous emails - principally from members whose principal residence is out-of-state - suggesting that the Club should reduce their dues and fees since they are not able to use the Club, either because our facilities are closed or the state’s Stay Home Stay Safe recommendations makes travel to Quechee impractical for them. I would like to let you know that the Board of Trustees considered the issue of providing dues and fees reductions at its meeting on Saturday the 16th and unanimously decided that the Club will not be reducing the fees of members as a result of the actions taken to control the spread of the virus.

I know that for many of you this will be difficult news to accept. I certainly understand and sympathize with the frustration of those of you who have been impacted by the virus. It has impacted life for all of us and escaping to enjoy Quechee is one way that this impact might have been lessened. The fact that government recommendations required the Board to close our facilities and made it difficult for many of you to travel here is clearly cause for upset. I would like to provide the rationale for the decision regarding dues and fees, hoping that it will make the choice easier to understand.

The first factor that we considered is the form of our organization. In dealing with a shareholder-owned business one expects that these shareholders will cover any losses or other shortfalls that the business experiences. On the other hand, QLLA is an association. As such, we do not have shareholders. All of us as members, are the owners of the Club and therefore we all share in the benefits and obligations of ownership. The Board does not manage the Club to generate the profits that would be demanded if we had shareholders. In fact, when the Trustees adopt the Club’s annual budget we only plan to generate enough cash to comfortably cover our operating expenses, capital expenses and debt service. We don’t generate profits that could be used to reduce the payments made by some of our members. In fact, with the Club being closed for the last couple of months – and the impacts of the COVID virus leaving our ability to reopen the rest of our facilities uncertain - the Board is already expecting that revenues will be less than originally budgeted. Therefore, if we reduce the dues and fees for a group of our members, we would only compound the likelihood of ending the fiscal year in deficit. Of course, to remain a going concern we would still have to pay all of our bills. As an association, the way that we would do this is by implementing an assessment on the membership. Therefore, the result of providing a dues and fee reduction to a group of our members would be to have the entire membership writing checks to cover the amount of the reduction. This hardly seems logical since the members that are residents in Quechee are not receiving any additional benefit when compared to the out-of-state members, but would be, in effect, making a payment to these members.

The second factor in the Board’s decision is that remaining open or failing to follow the governmental recommendations for combating the virus wasn’t really an option. Our first duty is always to the health and safety of our members, staff and in this case our community. Many of our out-of-state members would be traveling to Quechee from the Boston and New York metropolitan areas. These are two areas with the highest rates of infection in the country. Failure to impose self-quarantine restrictions on members coming to Quechee would have exposed our resident members (by and large an older community) to a higher risk of disease – and serious consequences potentially including death. To the state, and the Board, this appeared to be an unconscionable risk. Thus far the decision by the state and the Board appear to have been supported by the results. Vermont has had one of the lowest rates of infection in the country and Quechee has not had a major outbreak.

The third factor that the Board considered is that our impacted members did not suffer a loss as a result of an action taken by the Club or a failure of the Club to take an action. The reason that these members found it impractical to visit Quechee is because of bad luck. It is unfortunate that we had a global pandemic; it is also unfortunate that Boston and New York were two of the largest areas of infection, and it is unfortunate that the government’s recommendations made it difficult for out-of-staters to make short-term visits to Quechee. However, none of these unfortunate events were taken by the Board or the staff of the Club.

The fourth factor that the Board considered in making its decision is the fact that we would not have any way of knowing which out-of-state members would like to have visited Quechee, but were prevented by the governmental quarantine order and which would not have used the Club in the last several weeks even if the pandemic had not struck. This would make it extremely difficult for us, or the staff, to know who was impacted and should receive a dues and fee reduction and who should not. Like with the first factor, if we offered reductions to out-of-state members, we would then be forced to impose an assessment on all of the membership.

Therefore, since we do not have a deep-pocketed shareholder to absorb a dues and fees reduction, since our actions were taken at the recommendation of the government to protect the health and safety of our members and staff, since all members were impacted by the spread of a disease that no one could control and since we do not have any way to know who was actually deserving of a reduction, your Board has decided not to offer reductions of dues or fees.

I hope that you understand.

Regards,


Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

May 10, 2020

Hello Fellow Quechee Club Members,

I have recently received messages from many of you that live out-of-state about your frustration with Vermont’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and its imposition of limits on your ability to use the Club. I have also received messages from many of you that are full-time residents about your concern that the Club vigorously enforce the Governor’s Order in order to minimize the chances of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Club. This obviously creates a dilemma for me and your Board of Trustees.

I can assure you that as much as we would like all members to be able to enjoy the Club, my (and the rest of your Board of Trustees’) principal concern is for the safety and health of our membership and our staff.

Although I was a banker in New York City for many years, for those of you that don’t know, my current “day job” is as Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development (VT DED). Our department is part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). ACCD has been charged with providing guidance to Vermont businesses and individuals on the requirements and restrictions created by the Governor’s Executive Order. As a result, I am quite familiar with the issues that the Order raises.

For those of you that live nearby, but not in Vermont, I can assure you that a variety of proposals have been “floated” in state government. It maybe that one of these may be adopted as the economy continues to open-up.

For those of you hoping to travel to Quechee and to use the facilities without adhering to the quarantine requirements, I provide the following excerpt from VTDigger in its reporting on the Governor’s May 6th press conference earlier this week:

"The governor encouraged Vermonters to stay within the state and reminded people they should quarantine for 14 days if they go out of state and return. He noted hotspots are close by in neighboring Massachusetts and New York. Scott also made clear now was not the time for visitors to travel to Vermont.

'We would normally welcome you with open arms. At this time, we’re asking you to keep your distance,' Scott said. If they do visit, he said, they should be prepared to stay for two weeks to meet the quarantine.

'My message is to stay home, if you can, and not come to Vermont at this point in time,' Scott said."

I think that this excerpt makes the Governor’s current position on visits by those from out of state pretty clear.

In addition, your Board must consider the concern of infection expressed by residents that are in Quechee. In their messages they emphasize the need to comply with the Governor’s Order to prevent an outbreak. Among the issues that have been raised is the fact that Quechee is home to a large number of older residents – and that this population could be devastated by the introduction of the virus into our community.

We also need to be concerned about the health and safety of our employees. It is not fair to unnecessarily expose them to infection by the Coronavirus. For all of these reasons, your Board and I feel that although it is a difficult trade-off, we will continue to request that the membership observe the requirements of the Governor’s executive order – as they are amended.

We understand the frustrations of those of you whose access to the Club this impacts. I am truly hopeful that we will all soon be enjoying the Club under more normal circumstances.

Regards,

Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

April 23, 2020

Hello Fellow Quechee Club Members,

It is disappointing to be writing to you with the Club still closed as a result of COVID-19. As I have reported in other communications, I expect that we will remain closed at least until the Governor’s current Executive Order expiration date of May 15th. This week there was a glimmer of hope as the Governor began the process of reopening with the announcement that businesses operating outdoors two-person micro teams will be able to reopen this week.

Your Board met this week and the Finance Committee reported on the efforts that they have taken, working with the Executive Team, to create a contingency plan that we will work from until we have an indication that we have a potential date for re-opening. Fundamentally, this means that the Board has approved conserving cash by reducing expenses wherever possible. This means that many of our staff have been furloughed, we are reducing other expenses where possible and we have cut the majority of our capital expenditures. These are difficult steps to take, we have great employees that need our support and we have great plans for our exceptional facilities. However, we want to be responsible with your funds since we don’t have any idea how long, or what form, our closure will take.

The Board also heard a report from Kathy Hickey, the Chair of the General Manager Search Committee. Kathy reported that the committee has been presented with seven strong candidates by our search consultant. The Committee is hoping to conduct first round interviews with a subset of these candidates in mid-May, if social distancing restrictions have been relaxed. We owe the Search Committee Members a huge thanks for all of their efforts. They are now going through their third round of candidates in what is starting to seem like an endless process. They have been diligent and serious and maintaining high standards in their search and I am confident that we will all benefit as a result.

Speaking of the recent Board meeting, as a result of social distancing concerns, this month’s session was held as an on-line event. It was great to see that as a result of holding it on-line, we reportedly had more than fifty members participate. Many of you have asked for more transparency in Club governance. Participating in these meetings is a great way to start. I hope that those of you that participated found the meeting useful and that even more of you will participate in future meetings. Given the uncertainty about timing of holding in-person meetings this year, the staff and the nominations committee are also preparing for what may be an online election process and Annual Meeting this year.

Many of you know that Quechee is lucky to have a group called QLLA Charities that is comprised of members that work hard to sponsor several events a year that raise money to help support the work of the Child Advocacy and Protection (CAPP) at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Dr Resmiye Oral, Director of the Program, presented to the Board this month to discuss the importance of their work in treating children who suffer from mental, physical and sexual abuse. In particular, she raised the concern that there may be a substantial number of children that may be subjected to abuse as a result of COVID-19 stay at home requirements.

In addition, I would like to mention that there is a group of members that are kicking-off a COVID-19 related charitable effort called "Quechee Cares". Working in coordination with QLLA Charities, the Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf, Executive Director and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Director of Community Partnerships, this group will collect donations from the public that will be used to support the Haven as well as provide meals prepared and delivered by local area restaurants to the front line workers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. This effort is a great way to help provide groceries for neighbors in need, provide cash to our local restaurants, while they are shut-down to dine-in customers, to help them to weather this effects of the pandemic and also thank our local front-line healthcare workers for the great job that they are doing attending to the sick while worrying about the risks to themselves and their families of caring for others during this difficult time. Donations can be made two ways:

1. Make a check out to “QLLA Charities”.
Mail to: QLLA Charities, C/O Jody Bartman, P.O. Box 693, Quechee, VT 05059

2. Using Venmo, search for “QLLACharities”.
You will see “Marty Whitney @QLLACharities”. This is the correct account to use.

If you would like more information please contact Jody Bartman (jibart315@gmail.com), Kathleen Casey (casey1859@yahoo.com), Terese Flaherty (terese.flaherty@gmail.com) or Lisa Lacasse (lisalacasse52@gmail.com).

The weather hasn’t been all that good here in Quechee over the last few weeks. We have had relatively cold temperatures, rain and quite a few days of snow, however, I’m confident that sooner or later it is going to warm-up. For many of you the warm weather will be the sign that it is time to head to Quechee. On behalf of our full-time residents, I would like to refer you to the Vermont state quarantine guidelines. These guidelines are listed here: https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID-19-chart-observation-isolation-quarantine_final.pdf. In reviewing them please note that they “are applicable to anyone returning to Vermont from out of the state for anything other than essential purposes”. These quarantine regulations require returning residents to stay at home for 14 days—without symptoms. Going out for groceries or exercise is not allowed until after this quarantine period has passed.

I hope that you are enjoying the emails that the Club staff has begun sending with recipes, exercise routines and golf tips. I’ve found them to be a nice connection to the Club during this frustrating time.

I wish you good health and hope that we are able to open and begin enjoying our beautiful club quickly.

Regards,

Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

April 10, 2020

Fellow Quechee Club Members,

As you know, our Club has been generally closed in order to comply with Governor Scott’s State of Emergency declarations. The Board had originally decided to align our decision on the end date of our closure with the end date of the State of Emergency Declaration which had been April 15th. This morning the Governor announced the extension of that closure date until at least May 15th. Therefore, so that we can remain in compliance with state law, the Board has decided to extend our closure date though at least May 15th, as well. We plan to continue our curb-side pick-up of dinners from the kitchen during this extended period. We have also received the approval of the state to undertake some maintenance work on our facilities, including the golf courses so that we should be ready to go with a speedy reopening when the closure requirements are lifted.

I know that this is a difficult time and that having our facilities closed enhances the feelings of cabin fever for many of us, but we should probably feel blessed that these events are happening during a “shoulder season” rather than in the middle of the Winter or Summer seasons. Also, undertaking these draconian efforts will help to keep our staff and Members safe – and is expected to ultimately save lives.

I hope that you are all able to stay healthy and enjoy your time social distancing. Please keep an eye out for additional messages over the next few weeks with ideas on how we can help other Quechee Members, local businesses and residents during this most difficult of times.

Regards,

Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

March 30, 2020

Fellow Members,

Governor Phil Scott today ordered additional restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and announced additional guidance for the lodging industry to enhance compliance with his Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

The order calls for increased compliance with CDC guidelines regarding residents and non-residents coming from outside the state for anything other than an essential purpose to home-quarantine for 14 days and strongly discourages travel to Vermont by those located in COVID-19 “hot spots.” Residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are being asked to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.

The Governor’s order also provides additional guidance to lodging providers to ensure compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, which suspended lodging operations.

The order makes clear that lodging facilities – which includes hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals (e.g. VRBO, Homeaway, Airbnb, etc.), and all public and private camping facilities and RV parks – are to be closed except for stated exemptions when supporting the state’s COVID-19 response. Additionally, the Governor has suspended online lodging reservations.

The health and safety of the QLLA community is our top priority. It is imperative that we continue to follow social distancing and home quarantine guidelines in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Governor Scott's full directive can be viewed online.

Stay healthy and be safe.

Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

March 22, 2020

Hello Fellow Quechee Club Members,

In light of all that is transpiring as a result of the COVID-19 virus, I would like to provide an update on the plan for the operations of your Club in the coming weeks. The Board of Trustees “met” yesterday, with many Trustees, and all non-Trustee participants, calling in an effort to maintain social distancing. Near-term operations were a principal topic of the discussion.

For those of you that have not been following the requirements that have been outlined by the State of Vermont, here is a quick overview of the elements of the Governor’s Executive Order that apply to the operations of the Club. First, the Governor’s original executive order was issued March 13th. This original order principally had the effect of limiting large gatherings at the Club. A few days later, on March 16th the original Order was modified by Addendum 2, which required the closing of commercial food and beverage operations, including the Club’s. On March 20th, the original Order was further modified by Addendum 4, which required the closing of all commercial gyms and fitness centers – including ours - and also limited in-person gatherings to those with ten people or less. The end date of the restrictions in this latest Addendum is April 15, 2020. Therefore, in order to remain in compliance with these State requirements, your Board agreed to keep the Club closed to all indoor activities until April 15th. This means that the few buildings that had remained open, such as the paddle tennis hut will now also be closed. This is a frustrating and difficult decision, but in light of the recent appeal by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for locally manufactured masks, it is clear that the risk of overwhelming the healthcare system is very real and we need to comply with government regulations and to do our part.

There has been a lot of anecdotal discussion among the Membership that many of you have decided to move your work-from-home/teach-from-home activities to Quechee while we are dealing with this pandemic. If that is the case, the Board would like to know how many more people are around. Therefore, please send an email to Gina Beaty at gina.beaty@quecheeclub.com, so that we have a feel for how many more members are in town than would otherwise be here. To accommodate this increase in Members in residence, and to assist Members that might otherwise be having trouble getting meals prepared, we have decided to re-open the recently deep-cleaned kitchen and serve take-out meals Wednesday through Saturday beginning this Wednesday. Please look for a subsequent email from the Club staff providing the details on this service.

In addition, Chris Trottier has been working to create a member forum in our online Member website. With all that is going on, I have asked her to launch a simple version of the forum this week in order to facilitate group conversations about issues going on in Quechee. I am hoping that one of the principal uses will be to help elderly, infirm or other Members needing assistance in getting food, medicines or other necessities to be able to get this assistance from other Members. Please also look for additional correspondence from Chris about this new forum.

With all of the restrictions that have been imposed on indoor activities, it is clear that many of us have take to the roads, trails, golf course, and ski hill to get some fresh air and exercise. It is also evident that many of us are bringing our dogs on these travels. The Board would like to remind you that, in general, dogs are not allowed on Quechee property, and if you are bringing your dog to one of the locations where they are allowed, please make sure to follow the Town of Hartford rules, which broadly stipulate that your dog must be on a leash, or under your control. Not all Members are dog lovers, or are comfortable around them so please be respectful of these situations and comply with the control rules.

Lastly, the Facilities Planning Committee has been doing a lot of hard work in examining the opportunities for upgrading our facilities over the next few years. As we struggle through this period of spreading pandemic and closed amenities, you can look forward to the presentation of their plans for an even better Quechee Club at the Annual Meeting this year.

I hope that you are able to stay healthy through this difficult period.

Brett Long
President, Board of Trustees

TRAVEL & LODGING

Effective June 8, Governor Phil Scott has authorized interstate travel to and from New England and New York counties with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million without quarantine requirements. A map of the approved counties will be updated weekly and posted on ACCD’s website. Vermonters planning to travel to other states should understand that each state may have its own quarantine policy and they should be familiar with, and respect, the quarantine policies of those states. Visitors will be required to register with Sara Alert for daily reminders from the Vermont Department of Health and must attest to meeting the travel requirements. 

Lodging operations and short-term rentals, campgrounds and marinas may accept overnight reservations from Vermont residents, travelers who travel from a county with a similar active COVID-19 caseload as Vermont as identified by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and travelers from a high-risk area not identified as having a similar active COVID-19 caseload if they complete a quarantine in Vermont before arriving at a lodging property.

Effective June 15, 2020 
Travelers may complete either: (i) complete a 14-day quarantine; or (ii) complete a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions if they drive directly from their home via their personal vehicle. Additionally, travelers may complete either: (i) a 14 day quarantine; or (ii) a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test – in a Vermont lodging establishment regardless of destination origin or manner of travel (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).

For up-to-date information on the Vermont Department of Health's public health response,  please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

 

OUT OF STATE HOMEOWNERS

Letter to Out of State Homeowners from Hartford Town Manager, Brannon Godfrey

Local Resources for Residents in Quarantine

 

HELPING OUR COMMUNITY

Now available to the Membership is the Quechee Community Forum and Message Board. We hope this online system will help everyone stay connected and informed during these uncertain times, and to connect with fellow Members during better times to come!


The "Good Neighbor, Quechee" program was created by Carol Stall to promote emotional support via phone for QLLA members who may be elderly and/or infirm. While social distancing is important right now to ensure the health and safety of our community, Carol and her fellow program members feel it is especially vital during this difficult time to reach out and provide comfort to those in need.  Contact information may be found within the Good Neighbor thread on the Community Message Board.


COVID-19 RESOURCES