Swim clubs, public pools prepare to reopen

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CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Swim clubs and public pools are allowed to reopen for the season on Tuesday in Ohio, and some are preparing to welcome back swimmers with new rules in place.

At Melody Pool Swim Club in Clayton, staff members have spaced tables six feet apart and will ensure families properly spread out from one another, according to owners Brent and Barbara Fisher.

The Fishers told 2 NEWS they are grateful their annual reopening for the season was only delayed by a few days.

“It’s been quite the rush,” Brent Fisher said. “We’ve had to just hop into full gear within the last week, week and a half knowing that we were going to be able to open.”

The Fishers told 2 NEWS they have added markings around the pool to show where people should be wading to allow for social distancing. They also hired more staff to help enforce the social distancing requirement between families, they said.

“As long as they keep moving in the pool, they’re OK,” Brent Fisher said. “It’s when they stop and kind of stand in one spot that it’s a problem.”

The owners also plan to keep the playground open and other activities available, regularly wiping down surfaces and providing disinfectant to visitors.

“Every two hours, we have to clean down the bathrooms,” Brent Fisher said. “We have to make sure the tables we wipe down. When we loan out the ping pong paddles, we have to wipe those down prior to each use.”

Right now, memberships are down about a third compared to a typical season, Brent Fisher said. But he and Barbara told 2 NEWS they remain optimistic they’ll pick back up as the summer season gets into full swing.

“We asked our members not to send us their applications ’til we got a date,” Barbara Fisher said. “And once we got the date, then they started sending them in.”

Some employees, like those working the concession stand, will be wearing masks at all times, Brent Fisher said, but he’s keeping them optional for other workers, such as lifeguards.

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