All patrons must register to use the pool in advance, and wear masks when not in the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began releasing information about safe aquatic center function in May. The Oregon Health Authority released its own state-specific guidance.
Many pools are focusing on lap swimming only, for now, with River Road parks and recreation accommodating some water exercise classes, as well. By and large, Lane County pools use a standard protocol regarding facility use for patrons to follow. Patrons must register a spot in the pool in advance and maintain social distancing, when possible.
Advanced registration assists in contract tracing, according to Craig Smith, the City of Eugene Recreation director, since aquatics staff can figure out the exact time a person was in the pool and for how long. River Road and Willamalane Park require masks to be worn in all places, other than in the water.
Lifeguards consistently clean high touch points, like handrails.
Both pools have deated plastic chairs on deck as places to hold belongings while patrons are swimming. He said that the reopening was a natural decision. And so, we look at ourselves as more of a service than anything. Lemcke said that conversations with other facilities early on centered around how to preserve the pools during lockdown.
We still need to have chlorine in it. We still need to have UV on all of our waters, for sanitary reasons. That put the brakes on deciding whether to reopen Splash!
He said that Willamalane Park has been tightening its belt, financially, in the event of a second shutdown. River Road Parks and Recreation district opened up their aquatics center on July 1.
Fryer said that he and his staff had been battling the issue of face coverings, and getting people to abide by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's order that face masks be worn in indoor spaces. River Road's aquatics facilities closed on March Fryer said that about a month into the closure, staff debated whether they would even be financially able to reopen.
With a lack of money coming in from programs, he said it put the district in a tough financial position. That's why the district wanted to have instructor-led classes available, he said, in order to try and regenerate some revenue that was lost over the past few months. Greeters at the front desk conduct health check questionnaires, he said, to see whether patrons have COVID symptoms.
Monitors sit in the locker room, Smith said, making sure that people maintain appropriate social distancing.
He said that recreational swims are the ones that pack pools, with people touching many surfaces. Duncan is an associate news editor for the Daily Emerald.
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