The Board of Directors, in consultation with legal counsel, has determined that the Harris County Stay Home, Work Safe Order (the “Order”), a copy of which is attached, requires closure of all amenities with the exception of open park spaces. We reached this decision based on the following provisions of the Order:
•Section 1(d): All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, excepted as otherwise provided in the Order
•Section 1(g): Gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for any type of training, martial arts, sport or recreation shall close
While the Board understands that this has been a frustrating experience for everyone, the terms of the Order are based on the advice of experts in the healthcare industry. The Board is simply doing its part to ensure the Association is complying with the Order. Residents are responsible for complying at an individual level. The Association does not have the authority to and cannot enforce the Order. Local law enforcement has been charged with enforcing the Order and a violation of the Order carries a possible monetary fine of up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for a period of up to 180 days.
Please be advised that, with the exception of use of the open park spaces in accordance with the Order, the Association will treat any person using any Association’s amenity that has been locked or otherwise closed to use as a trespasser and law enforcement will be contacted. Please note that, during this time, the Association still has to maintain its amenities and the Association’s vendors are still billing the Association for maintenance performed on the amenities. The closure of these amenities due to the pandemic and related government orders will have no appreciable effect on the Association’s expenses. Accordingly, assessments will remain at the current level and the Association is not in the position to issue a refund of or credit to the assessments.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.
Park Lakes Board of Directors