Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Progressive re-opening’ set for Chatham-Kent’s indoor pools

With this morning’s announcement of the municipal pool rescind order by Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will begin a progressive reopening of Chatham-Kent’s municipal indoor pools.

“The CKRecreation team has been working diligently over the past several weeks to prepare for the re-opening,” Municipal officials said in a media release.

“The team has been working closely with CK Public Health to re-open the pools efficiently and safely. This included a full inspection of the pool by a public health inspector and education to train staff on proper sanitization, health screening of swimmers and how to navigate the facilities during these times.”

Municipal officials say the CKRecreation team will welcome community members back to Gable Rees Rotary pool on a minimal basis first, followed by the Wallaceburg Sydenham District Pool later this fall.

“Once the date is finalized on the opening day for Gable Rees Rotary pool, which is anticipated to be early in the week of October 5, another release will be issued,” Municipal officials said.

“As the pandemic has changed our world, aquatics programming will be a modified schedule with reduced capacity, in accordance with Public Health and Lifesaving Society recommendations. Programming will begin with lane swims and adult/seniors swims only, to be followed by other programming once safety processes and procedures have been fully tested and evaluated.”

Since the Program Registration system has changed, old user accounts are no longer valid, Municipal officials say.

Customers who wish to attend program times are asked to set up a new user account, then pre-register, as follows:

– Go online chatham-kent.ca/recreation or phone 519-360-1998 to setup a new user account

– Pre-register for all programs 7 days prior to the desired program

– Programs will be 45 minutes in duration

– On arrival at the Gable Rees Rotary pool facility, on-site pool ambassadors will guide swimmers through the process of entering the facility, screening, sanitizing, checking in, payment and use of the change rooms and pool.

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, for the interim, swimmers will only be charged $2 per person for every program time, Municipal officials say.

For more detailed information, please call 519-360-1998 or visit www.chatham-kent.ca/recreation.

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