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Twin Falls pool reopens with safety precautions in place

Posted at 7:31 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 21:31:32-04

TWIN FALLS — The Twin falls city pool was closed for nearly three months until allowing lap swimmers back on May 20th. On Monday, June 8th, the pool reopened again to the public, with precautions in place to keep patrons safe.

Since summer is right around the corner, the anticipation for staff and the community to have access to the swimming pool again has been high. The pool has put into place some safety measures starting with reservations having to be made for families.

The reservations can be made through the pool's recreation management software called dash. People can also call the pool or email their desired time slots. The various ways for how people make reservations allows for people to do so with means of
communication they feel comfortable with.

The reserved time slots are available on an hourly basis, and families are allowed five members per family. The pool limits maximum occupancy to fifty people for free swim. The time slots are arranged in ten-minute intervals to fall in line with safety guidelines.

John Pauley, Aquatics Director of the Twin Falls City pool, stated, "We do it every ten minutes because we don't want to have too big of a gathering upfront, and we still want to make sure we can ensure social distancing."

Some other precautions being taken by the pool is makers on the ground near the entrance of the building, workers are being encouraged to wear face-masks and encouraging others to practice hand hygiene regularly. One of the more significant changes is that everyone entering the pool will have their temperature taken.

"The big thing we're doing is temperature checks on everybody that comes in. Anybody with a fever over 100.3 would not be permitted to enter the facility, that to us is the most important step that we're doing to ensure the safety of our swimmers," said Pauley.

The pool allows for families to swim from 1:15 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The facility will operate under these safety measures until the state is out of phase four of the rebound plan. Once phase four is finished, the pool will decide on how to continue operations.