Reimagining Mason

NOTE: Please check this page frequently.  Updates will be posted regularly as this situation is rapidly evolving.

Keeping Mason safe will take a community effort. We are asking residents and businesses to remain responsible and diligent in following COVID-19 protocols.  Together, we can retain our culture of wellness.

“We can go back to Normal, or Move Forward”
John Friedman

The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to dramatically and irreversibly change many aspects of our lives.  As we reopen and return we can use this unintended and unexpected experience and thoughtfully and carefully implement the lessons we have learned to drive us to even greater achievements.

Concepts and ideas learned from COVID-19:

  • Emergency Preparedness. COVID-19 helped us more fully test and develop the City’s emergency preparedness plans.
  • Established the Nifty Yiftee Mason Come Together gift card system to strengthen promotional opportunities for Mason’s small businesses.
  • Virtual recreational programming.
  • Additional connectivity with seniors, veterans, and the community.
  • Updated and provided more complete contact information for employees, businesses, and residents.
  • Pandemic Daycare provided the opportunity to establish plans and procedures for daycare operations.
  • Expanded mobile technology including remote access to the City network and resources, Zoom, laptops, jet packs, iPads, smart phones, email distribution lists, LogMeIn, and file sharing.
  • Improved remote security software.
  • Established Video software technologies.
  • Updated City policies to be more reflective of current workforce.
  • Electronic submittals and virtual inspections.

During the pandemic the City re-prioritized resources to critical operations including Fire, Police, Wastewater, and Pandemic Daycare operations. And, unfortunately residents have seen a reduction in the services they have come to enjoy.  The Mason Incident Command Team has implemented a return to work plan including safety considerations to reopen and restart services and facilities. City resources are being directed to the backlog of work. As a result, normal routine schedules for services, including brush, park mowing, and inspections will remain delayed until June 1. Crews are working diligently to restore routine schedules as quickly as possible.


The Community Center facility is reopening June 15.

The reopening of the Center and activities will be done in a cautious and purposeful manner. We are establishing protocols and procedures as cautionary measures for our members. Members will be encouraged to follow these protocols. Ultimately, members should evaluate what is in the best interest of themselves and their family for returning to the Center. We encourage members to check out our virtual and other Community Center programming opportunities. Please follow City of Mason Recreation for activities and programs to get involved with at home.

We can’t wait for you to see the changes we have made at the Center!

During the Community Center closure, we have been able to take advantage of completing some exciting projects for our members including:

  • Installed a new Gymnasium floor.
  • Resurfaced the walking track.
  • Repaired water valves in the locker rooms to provide consistent hot water in the showers.
  • Tile repair was completed in the pool and locker room areas.
  • New wall mounted fans installed in Studio B.
  • New rack with weighted barbells added to the Fitness Floor.
  • Pools were drained and cleaned.
  • Completed Senior Center renovations including two restrooms, new entrance, and new flooring and counter space.

Community Center staff and the Incident Command Team have developed a phased plan to begin reopening areas of the facility. The initial reopening phase will reflect mandatory and recommended protocols that are very different from how operations were when the facility closed in March. Most significant is the guideline requiring the facility to operate at 50% of regular capacity and by appointment in many cases.  Phase I includes:

  • The contracted postal unit in Symbiosis has reopened Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Fitness Floor and pools will re-open on June 15 operating 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Access to the Fitness Floor and pools will be by appointment only. Members will be able to schedule appointments online or over the phone. Staff will be sanitizing and cleaning between appointment times which will reduce the hours the floor will be open.
  • The Competition pool will be available for open lap swim Saturday and Sunday.
  • All other areas of the facility will remain closed during this initial phase.

What Patrons Can Anticipate When Visiting Center:

  • A limited number of participants on the Fitness Floor, pools and inside the facility at any one time.
  • Access to the Center will be by appointment only.
  • Hand sanitization units are located throughout the facility.
  • Furniture is being removed along Main Street, Café and other areas to discourage congregating.
  • Members are encouraged to bring their own towels. Complimentary towel service will be eliminated due to safety concerns.
  • Air purifiers are installed to continually assist with disinfecting surfaces.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks while in public areas (Main Street, etc.).
  • Sneeze guards are present at customer service/membership service counters.
  • Employees are cleaning and sanitizing regularly.
  • Patrons are encouraged to clean and sanitize equipment after usage.
  • Patrons should continue practicing social distancing and minimize interactions with others.
  • We reserve the right to screen patrons who are in the Center and are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Decisions regarding the next reawakening phase are being evaluated and will consider services such as group exercise classes, gymnasium and field house use, track use, Senior Center operations, and Kids Korner.  Safety protocols and procedures will be defined for each of these operating areas as well.

Mason Municipal Aquatic Center

With the arrival of summer we know you are interested in the status of the new outdoor pool. Construction of the new Mason Municipal Aquatics Center is ongoing and we are hopeful for a sneak peek opening of the leisure pool and splash pad in late summer. Please visit our dedicated website for this project for regular updates.

Summer Swim Lessons

Swim lesson programming will be offered in a modified fashion beginning Monday, July 6.

All participants enrolled in the Summer 1 held in June and Summer 2 swim lesson sessions held in July will be canceled and issued as a Community Center household credit. This credit can be used to enroll into our new semi-private lessons that will be offered beginning on Monday, July 6 with a 1:3 instructor to student ratio and social distancing practices in place. The new semi-private lessons will be offered at new dates and times than the lessons that were previously offered.

Registration for the new, semi-private lessons will be available beginning on Monday, June 15 at 8 a.m. A separate email promoting the registration link will be communicated on Monday, June 8.

Summer Camps

Thank you for your continued commitment to Mason Community Center. Out of an abundance of caution to keep camper and employee safety at the forefront, some summer camps have been canceled for the month of July and some will be offered in a modified format.

The following camps held at Mason Community Center will be canceled:

  • iDap camps
  • Abrakadoodle camps
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park camps
  • Summer Fun Camp (full day option)
  • Summer Fun Camp Extended Care
  • Summer Fun Camp CIT program

The following camps held at Mason Community Center will run modified with safety protocols:

  • Outdoor camps offered by Skyhawks will not be canceled and will run as scheduled with safety protocols in place.
  • The Summer Little Feet 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. session will run as scheduled beginning Monday, July 6. A second half day session will also be offered each weekday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can participate in one of the two sessions. Social distancing practices and safety protocols will be in place at camp and each group will have a ratio of 2 counselors for every 8 campers. Each group of 8 campers will participate in camp activities in separate rooms. Participants currently enrolled in this camp do not need to do anything at this time. However, parents that may not be interested in attending camp in July can request a refund for the July registration. Parents can also request to change from the morning session to the afternoon session if preferred. We ask that any cancellations change requests for this program are requested by Friday, June 5 so participants on waiting list can be enrolled into the program.
  • Summer Fun Camp will operate as a half day program as well. A 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. session will be offered weekdays beginning July 6 for children that are 6 to 12 years of age. Participants can participate in one of the two sessions. Social distancing practices and safety protocols will be in place at camp and each group will have a ratio of 2 counselors for every 8 campers. Each group of 8 campers will participate in camp activities in separate rooms. We understand the modified format for Summer Fun Camp will not be a good fit for all families. Families not interested in participating in the modified format will receive a full refund for their camp enrollment. Families that are interested in participating in the half day program will be provided a refund for the difference in price from the full day program to the half day program.

We recognize the impact recent events have had on families. These changes to programming were difficult to make but will offer a safe and fun opportunity for children to socialize and develop new skills through play this summer.

Refund checks for June summer camps will be mailed in June. Refund checks for July will follow a similar schedule once processed.

Swim Team

Protocols have been established for the Team according to the Governor and USA Swimming include the following:

  • Practice groups of 22 athletes or less. 2 athletes are permitted in each lane swimming in opposite directions.
  • A 15 minute time period in between each practice group to sanitize and clean commonly touched surfaces.
  • Practice times will be 45 minutes for young groups and 60 to 90 minutes for older groups.
  • Prior to the first practice, athletes will be invited to come and pick up their equipment. Equipment will no longer be stored on site.
  • Athletes will only be permitted to enter through the Natatorium entrance 5 minutes before their scheduled practice. Early arrivals will need to wait in their car until 5 minutes before practice.
  • It is preferred that parents and spectators do not stay for practice as checking in additional guests into the pool area can reduce our coach’s ability to interact with athletes. Any parents interested in watching practice are expected to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet while sitting in the bleachers and can enter the facility after practice has started. Face masks are encouraged for any parents and spectators in the bleachers.
  • A one way in and one way out traffic pattern will be followed.
  • All doors/gates to the facility will be propped open, when possible, to limit contact with surfaces.
  • Athletes should be prepared to arrive and depart in their suits.
  • Restroom breaks will be limited to the Community Center locker rooms.
  • An area with gridlines will be present for athletes to leave their personal belongings to ensure social distancing on deck.
  • Athletes need to bring their own water bottles (already filled). Water fountains are available on site but are not recommended for use at this time.
  • Athletes will not be permitted to store their equipment bags at the pool. They must take them home after each practice.
  • Each athlete will be assigned a lane and will swim with a maximum of two (2) athletes per lane, starting from opposite ends of the pool. In most cases, we will be able to swim one (1) athlete per lane, also starting from opposite ends of the pool.
  • Any athlete or staff experiencing any symptoms of a fever (100.4°F or higher), recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms, (which includes family and friends) should remain at home and seek medical treatment. If any athlete or staff does have a fever or symptoms of illnesses, they may not attend a practice until 14 days after the fever or symptoms has ceased. Athletes and staff must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.
  • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.

New practice schedules will be emailed soon to athletes.

3 of the 9 installment payments for the 2019/2020 season were not billed. The 3 unbilled installments (March, April and May) will resume in June. Families on the installment plan will be billed 1/3 of their monthly rate for June and July. In August, the last bill will be for the full amount as we plan to be practicing in a larger capacity by then. Families that have paid in the full for the season will receive a refund for 15% of their team fees and that will be provided in the form of a city check or household credit for the next season.

The following formula was used to calculate the payment refund.

Installment plan:  9 monthly installments = 100%

Covid-19 Adjustment

6 full installments (September-February)

2 x 1/3 installments (June & July)

1 full installment in August

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7 2/3 Installments

7 2/3 Installments = 85% of the total due

We will continue to provide coaching and programming aligned with best practices during the COVID-19 crisis. We understand some families may not want to continue to participate at this time. Families not interested in continued participation on the swim team can communicate this by emailing communitycenter@masonoh.org.


City of Mason park facilities and playgrounds will reopen June 10. Please be cautious when playing in the parks as playground equipment is cleaned infrequently.

The City continues to monitor Governor’s orders and guidelines and protocols communicated that align with those orders.