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Swimming lessons signup dates, restrictions released

By Staff | May 29, 2020

The Rugby Swimming Pool will hold swim lesson registrations and offer pool passes to the public June 2 through 4 at the northwest door of the pool building from 6-8:30 p.m, according to an announcement on the pool’s social media page.

The announcement said no children would be allowed at the registration event. “Social distancing is required,” read the message. “Please bring your child’s swim records, if you have them, to verify placement.”

The message added, “Due to COVID-19, we are not able to have personal contact with your child. Therefore, levels 1 and 2 will require a family member over the age of 15 to assist them in the water. Instructors will be on deck for these two levels. Level 1 (classes) will be offered at 5 p.m. Level 2 will be at 6 p.m.”

“Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be offered at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. with reduced class sizes,” the message said. “Private sessions will be available at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Same restrictions will apply until further notice.”

The message continued, “More times will be available after public lessons are completed. The number of sessions will be determined by demand.”

Another message on the pool’s Facebook page read, “As we look toward opening the pool on June 8, please consider the following guidelines. We will be doing increased sanitizing of shower rooms, decks and surfaces, so your cooperation is necessary. Please review these guidelines with your kids before coming to the pool. We want the pool to be a safe, fun place for all!

The guidelines posted by the pool include:

– Do not come to the pool if you are sick. If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea or other symptoms, do not come to the pool until you have been symptom-free for 72 hours (three days).

– Before coming to the pool, showere and dress in your swimsuit. Use of the shower rooms will be limited.

– Bring a bag or backpack. All belongings must be kept in your own personal bag, including shoes. Nothing can be kept on benches or the floor in shower rooms.

– Upon arrival, you must give your full name to the office attendant, who will sign you in and take payment as needed.

– All who enter, including spectators, must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer for 20 seconds.

– No street shoes beyond shower rooms This includes spectators. Spectators may put shoes in a bag and carry the bag with them. Separate water shoes or flip flops are permitted only if they have been worn in the pool area. Do not wear them anywhere else.

– The number of spectators will be limited. Spectators must observe social distancing. Masks are preferred when not in the pool.

– Swimmers must follow social distancing. Try to stay six feet away from others who are not in your family.

– There will be no sharing of goggles. You must bring your own goggles and label them with a permanent marker.

Pool guidelines for swimming lessons stated class members are required to “be on time. Do not enter the building until an employee signals it is OK. Wait in your cars or socially distance outside. Do not crowd around the door.”

– Tribune Staff Report

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