Dear Members,

I pray that you and your family members are keeping well, staying home and healthy during the Circuit Breaker (CB) period. The battle against the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the global economy and Clubs like ours have not been spared.

On 19 May 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that Singapore will embark on a three-phased approach to resume activities safely. However, as the Club does not fall under critical sectors and businesses that can re-open in phase 1, we have to extend our closure from 2 June 2020 till further advice from the authorities. However, we remain cautiously optimistic that phase 2 could happen before the end of June.

Throughout the CB period, our housekeeping and maintenance teams have been conducting daily cleaning and maintenance works to ensure the Club facilities remain in tip-top condition. The Administration staff who are working from home have also been providing support services and engaging members. Meanwhile our coaches and trainers have been conducting regular e-training sessions and lifestyle programmes for members through Zoom Meeting or pre-recorded instruction videos on the Club website or social media platform.

As the expected opening of the Club draws near, the Club management has been preparing and planning for the resumption of operation. The operations team is planning and reviewing all precautionary measures such as safe entry logistics and processes, surveillance measures for the facilities and offices to be ready for the return of members and staff. Sanitizing and cleaning efforts have been stepped up to assure members that the Club will be safe for them and their families when they visit.

For Sports, the team has been liaising closely with Singapore Swimming Association and SportSG to ensure the Club adopts the new guidelines in conducting training or organising sports activities as we transit to a new normal. Our Events team has also been busy preparing programmes to welcome members back once the Club re-opens. Other than the resumption of allowable ongoing programmes, God willing, members can look forward to the annual CSC Open House, festive celebrations and various sports competitions. All these will be organised with strict safe management guidelines for the well-being of all participants.

As safe distancing requirement will remain in the foreseeable future, seating capacity at Man Zhu Café and Mingle will be significantly reduced going forward. Besides the ‘Drive-Thru’ service launched in May 2020, the F&B team is currently reviewing other alternatives such as island wide home delivery service, to better cater to members’ needs.

For two months of the CB in April and May, the Club had waived both the subscription fees and the F&B levy as a gesture to ease the financial burden of our members. As the situation is highly fluid and uncertain, the Management Committee will be prudent towards disbursement and focus on the long-term sustainability of the Club. Notwithstanding, as it is still not certain when the Club will be able to resume members activities, the Management Committee has therefore recommended that the Club will continue to extend the following for June until further notice:

  • Waiving June Sports and Flex Section fees.
  • Waiving June fees for Junior sports training programmes and Lifestyle activities, except for Swimming for competitive squads A, B and C1 which will receive 50% fees waiver.
  • June F&B levy, including levy expiring in June will be extended to December 2020.

I don’t want to sound like an old nag, but I must again appeal to all members to continue to be socially responsible… stay home unless absolutely necessary, wear a mask if you need to leave home, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay safe, and keep healthy.

Once again, I ask Almighty God and our Blessed Mother to continue to shower Their Grace, Mercy & Love to you and all your loved ones.

Shalom and God Bless.

Edwin Lee
Chinese Swimming Club
15 June 2020