Council members dive in and approve opening Chamberlain pool May 29

Council members dive in and approve opening Chamberlain pool May 29

With some consternation about the possible risks associated with opening the city’s public swimming pool this summer, Chamberlain City Council members took the plunge at Monday night’s meeting and approved to open the facility Friday, May 29.

The pool will operate as in the past with no restrictions, however busloads of 40-50 kids will no longer be accepted as it would overwhelm the staff’s ability to keep up with the extra precautions they will be taking in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

During the meeting Mayor Chad Mutziger handed out copies of CDC guidelines that promote behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include recommendations of posting signs and using the PA system for regular announcements. Cleaning and disinfecting will be done frequently, especially on shared surfaces, but social distancing would be not feasible.

“I think it’s important to let parents know you are letting your kids swim at your own risk,” said Commissioner Hannah Ruhlman.

According to City Engineer Greg Powell, the chlorinated water in the pool is a good thing in this instance, because it can help prevent the spread of the virus-however, all the other surfaces around the pool are still vulnerable to contamination.

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