C-K pools open July 2

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Two youth swimming underwater.

The pools will soon be open, and the swimming is free.

CKRecreation officials said municipal outdoor pools are to reopen this summer. After a summer off due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will open on July 2.

The CKRec team looks forward to greeting people at all seven outdoor pools located throughout Chatham-Kent for free recreation swims.

Pool operations will comply with Ontario’s Covid-19 regulations, as well as local precautions identified by Dr. Colby.

“With Ontario still working through the Roadmap to Reopen, we are happy to be able to provide families and community members a safe place to get active this summer for free,” said Ann Robinson, manager of recreation services in a media release. “Operations will look different than past years, specifically the requirement for pre-registration and zoned swimming areas, so we ask participants to have patience with our staff as we all get used to the “new normal” for this summer”.

Due to reduced capacity and to avoid large groups congregating in line, pre-registration is required for all swims. Unfortunately, no walk-ins are permitted.

Registration can be done online at chatham-kent.ca/recreation or by calling 519-360-1998.

You can register exactly one week prior to each swim.

Each pool is split into a set number of zones which are marked by pylons and flags. Participants are required to stay within their own zone throughout their swim to ensure proper social distancing. Each zone has a maximum capacity of five people who all must live within the same household. Diving boards and slides will not be available.

Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19 this summer, all recreational swimming will be free.

H2O lessons are offered at all outdoor pools and consist of two participants per class. Registration can be done online chatham-kent.ca/recreation or by calling 519-360-1998.

A full list of FAQ’s detailing the changes to CKRecreation’s outdoor pool operations can be found at chatham-kent.ca/recreationswimming

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