Stayner pool opens but no public swimming
Clearview’s parks and recreation department is endorsing reopening the Stayner Centennial Pool effective July 5, with limited controlled use only and no public swimming.
Only registered programs and swimming lessons for certain age groups will be given access to the pool for the whole summer as outline in Step 2 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen which allows recreational facility to open with stringent access, control, cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place.
General manager Terry Vachon said to make matters more complicated they are facing a lifeguard shortage, and staffing requirements will be higher than usual.
The department will be hiring students to provide customer service, office duties and monitor patrons and enforce COVID-19 protocols.
Vachon said he is sorry about prohibiting public swimming but the rules set out by the province and local health unit must be followed.
“Once we know the rules that are provided to us by the health unit we can work with that and if that provides us with the opportunity to have public swimming, we’ll do it,” said Vachon.