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Welcome to The Refuge at Dirickson Creek! More than a destination, a community should be welcoming and inspire residents toward common goals. Our community’s website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential residents, and for the public. We encourage all residents to be involved in making The Refuge the best it can be!
 
Homeowners should visit the Neighborhood News page to read about important events and issues that are of interest. 
 
**** PLEASE VISIT COVID 19 UPDATES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION **** 
 
Message to the Community: Updated 6/24/2020
 
The Refuge Fitness Center and Clubhouse meeting room is scheduled to open on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6am for resident use. All keyfobs have been activated and will be ready for use at the Clubhouse on June 25. Pool gate access will be activated on Friday, June 26, 2020. In compliance with state mandated capacity limits, the board decided the following capacity restrictions for both the Fitness Room and Clubhouse Meeting Room:
  • The Fitness Room capacity is 5 people
  • The Clubhouse Meeting Room capacity is 10 people.
We ask that you please read the Refuge Amenities Protocols and Phase 2 Exercise Facilities documents as they outline the state required guidelines for fitness center use as well as the Refuge protocol to follow.
 
Pickleball and bocce ball equipment will be available for use starting Thursday, June 25th. This equipment is stored in the fitness room. Homeowners will need to disinfect the equipment before and after use. We urge you to bring your own wipes as a precaution.
 
Though there is no way to monitor capacity, if we receive verified reports that someone is blatantly disregarding the protocols and causing risk to others we can and will shut off your access fobs.
 
We appreciate your patience as your Board has worked diligently to open your amenities safely.
 
Message to the Community: Updated 6/15/2020
 
Governor Carney Announces June 15 for Phase 2 of Reopening
 
Phase 2 of the Governor’s Order is effective, Monday, June 15, 2020. Restrictions are gradually being lifted as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to trend lower. We all have to remain vigilant and support the CDC guidelines to keep us safe.
 
Delaware Reopening – Phase 2:
 
 
State Department of Health Guidelines:
 
 
DISCLAIMER:  DURING THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC, USERS OF THE REFUGE FITNESS CENTER AND CLUBHOUSE WILL DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!
 
The Board has previously announced opening of our amenities. Here are the following updates:
 
Pool Opening Updates (as of 6/18/2020):
 
The Refuge Board of directors has been working closely with Coastline Pool Services to open the community pool and comply with Delaware Health and Social Services directives to open community pools. To do so within budget pool hours have been reduced from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM to 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM due to the need to have a pool attendant present to meet the Delaware Health and Social Services for opening pools. The water aerobics classes held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday cannot be accommodated. The increased cost of an attendant for these additional hours is not within the budget.

Attached are the Refuge Pool COVID-19 procedures and the Delaware Health and Social Services Pool opening directives. Please review and become familiar with all COVID-19 procedures. There will be an attendant on duty to ensure these procedures are followed. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work through these uncertain times.
 
 
Pool Opening:
The Refuge pool is tentatively scheduled for opening on Friday, June 26, 2020. We are making progress to ensure a successful pool opening for residents. Additional pre-opening activities are also underway. So far the board has accomplished the following to support the opening:
  • New Pool Furniture has been delivered
  • New security system with video monitoring capability is being installed
  • New pool access keyfobs will be issued (announcement forthcoming)
  • Pool rules signage has been installed at the entrance to the pool area
  • New Pool gates installed at entrance to pool and pool service entry areas
 
Clubhouse and Fitness Center Opening:
Guidelines under the Governor’s Phase 2 Opening of Exercise Facilities were issued and effective on June 15, 2020. These guidelines are mostly targeted to commercial exercise facilities and do not adequately address concerns for private fitness centers, such as the Refuge.
 
The Board of Directors has reviewed these commercial guidelines and attempted to extract procedures that we deemed appropriate for our environment.  We will continue to enforce and support state and health agency recommendations while implementing appropriate protocols to keep our residents safe.
  • Fitness Center users must wear cloth face coverings in accordance with the State of Emergency Orders issued by the Governor. If an individual is doing strenuous exercise where a mask may interfere with their breathing and they are at least six (6) feet away from others, the individual can remove their face covering.
  • Participants must remain at least six feet apart at all times.
  • Shared equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Fitness Center users will be responsible for cleaning and wiping down equipment before and after each use.
  • Weights, bands, balls, or other workout equipment cannot be used by others until they have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Users must wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Fitness Center users should bring their own drinks.
  • Fitness Center users should bring their own towels.
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting products will be supplied for use. Please consider others when using these products and only use what is needed. They will be replenished by the cleaning contractors during their scheduled visits.
We ask for your continued patience and understanding as these decisions are not easy as we have an obligation to follow the guidelines as set forth from the Governor orders.
 
Message to the Community: Updated 6/1/2020
 
The Board of Directors continues to have discussions with our legal representative, insurance carrier, and property manager to ensure we remain compliant and supportive of the restrictive orders from Governor Carney. It has been the goal and focus of the board to maintain the safety, health, and welfare of our residents and we will strive to open the amenities when it safe and appropriate to do so.
 
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LOCAL NEWS

The following information may be of interest to Current as well as Future Homeowners:

 

Please see the attached document for information about being aware and prepared in case of evacuation due to weather or other emergency.

Governor Carney Limits Restaurants to Take-Out and Delivery
Governor Carney has declared a "State of Emergency" due to the spread of the coronavirus. The updated emergency declaration also bans gatherings of 50+ people statewide, and closes gaming in Delaware casinos.
For the latest news click State of Emergency
 

Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19)

For Information about the Coronavirus, please click on the link below to visit a special webpage from the Division of Public Health. 

https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/epi/2019novelcoronavirus.html 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional information.

 
Old Mill Landing Development (Update):

Old Mill Landing Development Project - FACT SHEETS

Please confirm the date(s) by checking the Agenda for the P&Z meetings at this site: https://sussexcountyde.gov/agendas-minutes/planning-%26-zoning-commission

 


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