Indoor pools to reopen July 26

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With the province in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen, municipal indoor pools will begin welcoming swimmers back on July 26.

Pool operations will comply with Ontario’s Covid-19 regulations, as well as local precautions identified by Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health. Pre-registration will still be required for all swims at both indoor and outdoor pools.

“We are happy to welcome community members back to our indoor pools,” Ann Robinson, manager of Recreation Services, said in a media release. “We know there has been significant demand for our indoor pools over the last several months, so we are thrilled to once again be 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. Pools will run at a reduced capacity and swimmers will be asked to remain six feet apart while in the pool/facility. Slides and diving boards will also now be available.

Rec swims will remain free at all outdoor pools this summer while indoor pools will resume the reduced $2 rate. Registration opens July 21 and will continue to open exactly one week prior to each swim. Registration can be completed online at chatham-kent.ca/recreationswimming or by calling 519-360-1998.

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