Stansbury Park kids were able to splash, jump, and swim in the community’s pool yesterday, all while following COVID-19 health regulations.
The Stansbury Park swimming pool opened Monday with social distancing and extra sanitation measures.
According to pool manager Brady Genther, who is in charge of everything pool related, it was fairly easy for the pool to reopen for the season.
“The health department sent out guidelines that are necessary to follow,” he stated. “Us being a smaller pool and getting those things in place more quickly has helped us open more quickly than larger pools.”
In order to follow the guidelines the pool will have an employee at the gate instructing individuals to follow social distancing guidelines with swimmers outside of their immediate family.
The employee at the gate will also be keeping track of how many individuals are allowed in the pool at one time, according to Genther.
At this time, 50 swimmers will be allowed to swim in the pool at one time but 75 will be allowed to be inside the gate.
This is because many parents sit outside the pool and watch their children swim.
The Stansbury pool also has a small wading pool and only five individuals will be allowed inside.
Pool staff will be cleaning all surfaces every two hours, according to Genther,.
“We will be sanitizing touch points, contact surfaces, and bathrooms outside of the gate every two hours,” he said. “There will be an area where used chairs will be placed and sanitized chairs will be in another spot.”
The pool staff will also be wearing masks, except for the life guards, because it isn’t safe for them to do so.
Pool employees will be doing everything in their power to keep swimmers safe, but signs stating that individuals are swimming at their own risk have been placed around the facility, according to Genther
Genther said that additional chlorine was not necessary, because the chlorine content in the pool is already so high that it will kill viruses and bacteria.
The pool will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. for public swimming and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays, individual groups can rent out the pool for a private swim if they don’t feel comfortable swimming during normal hours.
Residents pay $2.50 to get into the pool and non-residents pay $3.25. Kids age three and under can get into the pool for free.
“We are excited to open and give people an opportunity to start their summer. Just remember, we are in a pandemic and to respect other individuals and to stay safe,” said Genther.