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Changes made to ensure swimmers’ safety during Covid-19 pandemic
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the local pool opened for business on Saturday, May 30.
However, Chelby Morris ensures that the city pool will be taking precautionary measures to keep both the public and their staff safe.
“I know things have changed this year with Covid-19,” Morris said. “With that being said, the sun will kill the virus on anything in the heat, but we will be sanitizing everything very often during the day and parties.”
Morris also says that social distancing will be encouraged outside of the pool.
“Please practice social distancing as best as you can out of the pool,” Morris said. “All the chemicals in the pool will kill the virus.”
Another change guests can expect is mandatory waivers at the gate.
“Before entering the pool you will have to sign a waiver due to Covid-19,” Morris said.
Public hours and the admission of outside food and drink have also been altered. Hours of operation are now noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Sundays and Mondays the pool will be closed to the public. Also, no outside food or drink will be allowed. Admission is $3 per person or free for children 3 and under.
Although still accepting parties, party hours have also been altered. Monday, Friday and Saturday hours are 5 p.m. to midnight and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday party bookings will be available all day, noon to 10 p.m.
“This year we are requiting a $25 deposit within two days of the booking,” Morris said. “After the deposit, it is $50 an hour. The deposit does not go towards the bill for the party.”
Guests are still able to bring outside food to the parties and contracts will still be in place.
Although food and drinks are allowed, no alcohol will be allowed on the premises.
“I know it’s summer and everyone likes to have a good time but that is a huge liability and the rule is put in place for your safety,” Morris said.
Morris requests individuals to be patient when booking parties.
“If I don’t answer, I’m probably on another line with someone else,” Morris said. “Leave me a message with your name and number and I will get back to you.”
Morris also asks guests to respect and listen to the lifeguards.
“We had so many good candidates this year and it was a very hard decision to make on who to hire,” Morris said. “We are excited with the group we have chosen. That being said, listen to our guards. They are on the stand for your safety. They are the boss up there.”
Lastly, those feeling ill are encouraged to stay home.
“Do not come to the pool if you are sick, running a fever or have any symptoms,” Morris said. “This is for everyone’s safety.”
Morris thanks the community for their cooperation, saying she looks forward to seeing everyone there.
“I hope to see everyone and look forward to booking your parties,” Morris said. “Thank you.”
To reach Chelby Morris, call or text 806-778-5023.