Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool open for the summer

Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool open for the summer

JASPER, Ind. (WFIE) - The Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool is open for the summer. Park officials say over 100 people headed there Monday.

“We’re not making people come to our pool. It’s open for the people who do want to come,” Jasper Parks and Recreation Department Director Ken Buck said.

“I was a little worried about it," Bailey Smith said. "I told them no at first and I’m here now.”

Buck says on opening day Sunday, roughly 75 swimmers showed up. On Monday, over 100. Under Governor Holcomb’s orders capacity must be at 50 percent which this pool is following.

“We know some people are a little nervous with the COVID-19 going on right now,” Buck said.

Smith and his girlfriend Jessica Vold say they’re glad they can cool off on a hot day.

“We thought about getting our own pool to be honest,” Vold said.

Buck says they’re trying their best to protect these pool-goers from COVID-19. They’re taking employees temperatures, having someone sanitize surfaces around the clock and social distancing lawn chairs.

“Families can sit a little closer to each other but when people leave, we make sure the chairs and everything are moved at the six-foot distance,” Buck said.

Buck says they also put a line up saying no food beyond this point that way food or drink doesn’t get in the pool. This is for health reasons. Employees expect when lifeguarding, they are required to wear a mask.

“We’ve been off work for six weeks now it seems like and gotta go back tomorrow so we mine as well swim while we can,” Smith said.

The CDC says there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through water used in pools. Proper disinfection and operation of the pool should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

“With the governor’s recommendations, we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Every week things change,” Buck says.

Park officials say workers can get temperature checks, pool-goers don’t. They say it’s not recommended by the Indiana Department of Health or CDC.

The normal capacity of this pool is 600, but officials say it’s going to be at 300 until July 4 when they’ll go to full capacity.

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