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This difficult decision was made by City officials due to concerns that the social distancing measures could not be adequately enforced in an aquatic environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through properly treated water. However, there is a definite concern the virus could be spread in the pool bathhouses, restrooms, on pool ladders, slides, and pool lounge chairs.
Local public health officials agree that the peak of the coronavirus in the Panhandle is at least a couple of weeks away and that the illness will remain a serious concern for months. Consequently, it would be extremely difficult to enforce the proper social distancing during aquatic activities to ensure swimmer safety. Based on these and many other factors, it has been determined that in the interest of public health the pool will remain closed for the summer of 2020.
If you have questions please call the Culture & Leisure Services Department at 762-2384.