Unfortunately, no. Monthly strata fees are used by your strata corporation to pay common expenses, which include those for amenities such as our pool and gym. Their closure in response to COVID-19 has not reduced those expenses. In fact, unexpected repair costs for the pool have pushed us over budget this year.
Pool/gym closure is definitely an inconvenience. But it does not practically allow a reduction in strata fees. A budget shortfall this year would simply translate to an increase in fees next year.
When will the pool/gym reopen?
We don’t know. Your council has sought legal opinion and consulted City and Provincial guidelines in deciding when it might be practical to reopen. Given the recent spike in COVID infections and the added costs that appropriate scheduling, disinfection, and monitoring would entail, we have decided to delay reopening for the foreseeable future.
Yes, other buildings have opted to reopen, some instituting user sign-up and monitoring based on the honour system. Unfortunately, some PP2 residents who refused to comply with safety recommendations while the pool was still open (in one case, with a pool party) have put us at risk in the past. A COVID outbreak is something we wish to avoid at any time, even more so if it could jeopardize our remediation project.
These are difficult times, and we thank you for your patience. We will reopen our amenities as soon as we feel it is both safe and practical.