The Wendell B. Stokes Municipal Pool in Urbana will be closed for the 2020 season. Staff Photo
Photo: HANDOUT/Springfield News-Sun
Photo: HANDOUT/Springfield News-Sun

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Urbana pool will be closed for the season

The Wendell B. Stokes Municipal Pool in Urbana will be closed for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“After further review and consideration, we are not reversing our decision and will keep the Municipal Pool closed for the 2020 season,” the city of Urbana said on their Facebook page. “The three-page list of guidance and protocols surrounding continuous sanitizing, social distancing and crowd restrictions have made it impractical to open for the 2020 pool season.”

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On May 14, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that beginning Tuesday, May 26, public and club pools that are regulated by local health departments are permitted to reopen if the facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

Prior to DeWine’s announcement,  the city of Urbana and the local YMCA said the pool would be closed, but they said they would reconsider.  

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“Our primary concern is for the safety of our patrons and staff, and unfortunately it takes more than just chlorine and sunshine to ensure that,” the post said. 

Guidelines for pools from the Centers for Disease Control include disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, slides, door handles and chairs, modifying layouts to allow members of different households to maintain six feet from each other and encouraging patrons to maintain six feet apart from non-household members even in the water.

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