Two more pools are once again ready to make a splash this summer.
As of July 26, both indoor pools within Chatham-Kent have been given the green light to open.
The Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool & Lanes and Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool facilities will reopen as part of Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan. Pre-registration will still be required at both indoor and outdoor pools.
The pool operations will comply with Ontario’s COVID-19 regulations, as well as local precautions identified by Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby.
“We are happy to welcome community members back to our indoor pools,” said Ann Robinson, manager of recreation services. “We know there has been significant demand for our indoor pools over the last several months, so we are thrilled to be once again able to provide a safe space for our community to stay active and healthy.”
The move to Step 3 also means that outdoor pools will no longer be zoned. The pools will run at a reduced capacity, and swimmers will be asked to remain two metres apart while in the pool.
Pool operations continue to look quite different this summer due to Covid-19. Swimmers are encouraged to review a full list of FAQs detailing all of the changes at chatham-kent.ca/recreationswimming.
Indoor swimming will resume with a reduced rate of $2, while all swimming at outdoor pools will remain free for the summer.
Registration for indoor pools will continue to open exactly one week prior to each swim. Registration is available by calling 519-360-1998.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News