HoopWERX March Reopening Announcement

Dear HoopWERX Members,

We want you to know as part of our family, the health and wellness of our members, guests, and trainers is our top priority.  We appreciate all of our members giving us a couple of weeks to understand County/City Orders and set conditions to manage the implementation of some new procedures that will allow us to responsibly reopen on 30 March. 

HoopWERX will reopen with new hours for members from 9am-8pm, 7 days a week, with a team committed to providing a safe environment for you.  Your patience with us is appreciated as we strive to put in place an operational model that allows us to stay at or below maximum occupancy limits, at or above social distancing requirements, and apply sanitization techniques to sustain HoopWERX activities.  For your patience and recognizing we might need to make some adjustments in the coming weeks, we will not charge current-members for the month of April 2020.  All members will be asked to confirm membership levels on April 30, 2020 before we begin rebilling on May 1, 2020.  PLEASE CONSIDER USING THE FUNDS YOU WOULD HAVE USED FOR YOUR APRIL MEMBERSHIP TO ADD A HOOPWERX TRAINER TO YOUR SESSIONS!  ALL ARE ADDING EXTRA AVAILABILITY!

We would like to report to you that we are increasing the frequency of cleaning surfaces throughout the facility in order to keep our facilities safe and sanitized along with the below items:

  • We will only allow a maximum of 10 members and trainers to be in the facility at any one time; we will strictly adhere to these guidelines, which allow us to easily provide over 6’ between members and trainers
  • Members will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water upon arriving at the HoopWERX facility
  • Members will be asked to please bring their own towel for training
  • Junior Group training sessions will be limited to the first 8-members that sign up, there will only be 2-members per lane, and there will be no scrimmage like exercises
  • Tables and stools have been removed from the lounge area
  • We have established rigorous cleaning protocols throughout the facility
  • We reviewed cleaning protocols with our entire team and our trainers will be overseeing them
  • Members will be asked to only use 2-balls during their training sessions; all balls will be cleaned after each use
  • Restroom is cleaned daily and sanitized throughout the day
  • The use of the water fountain is discontinued…please bring a sealed container with your own water as we will not be selling water or Gatorade.
  • There will be no “high-fives” or “fist-bumps” between members or trainers

To help in our efforts, we ask for your cooperation in a few areas:

  • Encouraging our Members and Guests to follow the CDC's Suggested Hygiene Practices to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • Please refrain from using HoopWERX  if you experience any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • If you have been in direct contact with someone who tested presumptive positive, please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from visiting the HoopWERX until the designated time period has passed
  • If you have traveled internationally in the last few weeks to one of the countries with Level II or Level III warnings, please follow the guidelines provided by the CDC; countries with travel alerts are located here

We closely monitor the latest announcements and guidelines from the Governor of Florida, CDC and World Health Organization and will provide updates to you as needed.
We are committed to providing a safe and positive training atmosphere for members and trainers in line with all Hillsborough County Orders.

We will be available to answer any questions you have at HELP@HOOPWERX.COM and look forward to seeing you all back working on your craft on 30 March.



Team HoopWERX


Below, we’ve cut and pasted a great breakdown of Hillsborough County’s Safer at Home Order Q&As available in totality at the following link:  https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/03/25/your-questions-on-pinellas-countys-stay-at-home-order-answered/

Hillsborough County

Q: When does the order take effect?

A: At 10 p.m. on Friday.

Q: When does the order expire?

A: The safer-at-home order is only effective for seven days at a time, but can be renewed by the group as often as they elect to renew the county’s local “state of emergency,” county attorney Christine Beck said. When asked about the order’s expiration date after Thursday’s meeting, county commissioner and Emergency Policy Group chairman Les Miller said "as long as this virus is going on it may have to stay in place.”

Q. Why did Hillsborough decide against adding a curfew to the “safer at home” declaration?

A: County leaders said it was mainly a matter of messaging. If the public knew a curfew required them to be home at night, the group feared that public perception would be that it’s okay to be out during the day. By issuing an emergency order to stay home all the time, every day, unless absolutely necessary, law enforcement is still given the legal teeth necessary to enforce the new rules.

Q: Under what circumstances can I go outside under Hillsborough’s “safer at home” declaration? 

A: Hillsborough residents can leave home to work at an essential business ⁠— or, at a non-essential business willing to abide by the Centers for Disease Control’s social distancing guidelines; for medical reasons or to care for family members; to visit an essential business; to get groceries, medicine or to exercise. The order grants the “unlimited ability” to go out for food, including take-out from restaurants, as well as the ability to satisfy “basic needs," like taking your dog to the vet.

Q: What is an essential businesses? What’s an example of a non-essential business?

A: Hillsborough’s order specifies that it follows the list of essential businesses identified by the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a long list that’s similar to the Pinellas list above. It includes workers in the following fields: utilities, law enforcement, transportation, food production and distribution, healthcare, banking and other services. The complete list can be found at: www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce.

Non-essential businesses are those that can’t enforce the 6 foot separation rule. Officials have mentioned massage parlors, nail and hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors as likely unable to meet that standard.

Q: My business isn’t essential. Do I have to close?

A: No, you can stay open if you provide employees with a safe working environment that keeps them 6 feet apart from co-workers and customers.

Q: How will Hillsborough County enforce this?

A: Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister and county leaders were keen to emphasize that their goal is to safeguard the public, not to fill the jail. Chronister said his deputies will enforce the order by educating the public. The Tampa Police Department and the county’s other police agencies will likely do the same. State law allows the order to be enforced as a second-degree misdemeanor, but county officials so the penalties for non-compliance will likely begin with warnings and fines.

Q: Where can I go to get out of the house?

A: There aren’t too many options. Regional parks and conservation areas are closed, and on Thursday the City of Tampa announced it would close most neighborhood parks with a few exceptions. Most public bathrooms in parks have been closed, city officials said. But there are no limits on physical activities like cycling, skateboarding or riding scooters.

Q: Does Tampa have a separate order? 

A: No. The county’s safer-at-home order is the result of a compromise reached between Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and county officials.