CLUB PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS ON COVID-19 AND WAIVER OF FEES FOR MAY
I pray that you and all your family members are well amidst this COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has in one way or another impacted all of us and will change the way we live. In unprecedented times like this, we stand in solidarity with our staffs and members. This is why we will be waiving May’s membership subscription as well as section fees. We hope that this, as well as the subscription fee waiver in April, will provide members some helpful relief with the “Circuit Breaker” being extended by an additional four weeks until 1 June. It is a challenging time for us all as we try to adapt to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
We postponed our 105th Annual General Meeting (AGM) once Parliament made an announcement of new precautionary measures. On 7 April 2020, we were informed by The Registry of Societies (ROS) that registered societies can postpone their respective AGMs and alternative arrangements to hold AGMs will be allowed. The Club will keep members updated when more details are available.
On 3 April 2020, the multi-ministry taskforce announced the closure of sports and recreation facilities, public swimming pools, country clubs, gyms and fitness studios for four weeks. Only essential services are to remain open. This is in line with circuit breaker measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Club subsequently closed on 7 April 2020 to comply with the advisory from the authorities and the Club's administration team works from home.
On the 21 April 2020, Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong during his address to Singaporeans informed that the current circuit breaker measures would need to be further tightened and extended for another four weeks from 4 May to 1 June to bring down the number in the community. The Club correspondingly will extend closure to 1 June 2020.
The fees and levies for April 2020 have been waived for members. With the extension of closure members will not be able to come to the Club, the Management Committee has therefore recommended that the Club will waive the following fees in May and F&B levy for May will be extended to December 2020:
- Subscription fees, including that for Spouse and Junior Memberships
- Sports and Flex Section fees
- Monthly fees for Junior sports training programmes and Lifestyle activities
- May F&B levy, including levy expiring in May will be extended to December 2020
Waiver of fees and levies for April and May will impact the Club’s financial standing. However, for now the waiver of fees is possible as the Club through exercising prudence in our management of operational cost and expenditure, has savings. Unfortunately, our savings are not limitless.
On a brighter note, members who miss food from Man Zhu Café can look forward to the introduction of a drive-thru station for members' takeaway starting 1 May.
Can I please appeal to all members to continue to be socially responsible.....stay home, wear a mask if you need to leave home, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay safe. We will overcome this difficult time together.
Before I sign off, I pray that Almighty God and our Blessed Mother continue to guard, to protect and to bless you and all your loved ones with an abundance of His Love.
Shalom and God Bless.
Chinese Swimming Club
1 May 2020