Coronavirus: Urbana to open city pool for abbreviated season

Urbana officials say the the Wendell B. Stokes municipal pool will open for about a month after officials canceled the season weeks ago due to coronavirus concerns. FILE

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Urbana officials say the the Wendell B. Stokes municipal pool will open for about a month after officials canceled the season weeks ago due to coronavirus concerns. FILE

The city of Urbana announced Monday the Wendell B. Stokes Municipal Pool will be open this year.

The reversal came one month and one day after it announced the pool would not be open this year as a result of restrictions put forth by the state of Ohio in efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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“We are excited to be able to offer families the opportunity to visit the Municipal Pool this summer,” Champaign County YMCA CEO Paul Waldsmith said in a statement. “The pool is an incredibly valuable recreational resource in our community.

“With the lifting of Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, kids and parents need a chance to get outdoors, to play and have fun together. We look forward to bringing back a sense of ‘normal’ this summer.”

The season is set to begin July 3 and last until Aug. 9.

For pass holders, the pool will be open from noon-6 p.m. on Monday-Saturday while all other Champaign County residents and people who work within the city of Urbana are allowed daily admission beginning at 12:30 p.m.

For everyone, the pool is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Guests should expect daily capacity will be limited with physical changes in place to ensure social distancing and sanitation.

Measures 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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While the Splash Zone water park in Springfield and the CRC Pool in South Charleston are closed this year, New Carlisle opened its pool June 12 with restrictions.

Those include designated areas for entering and exiting, plans to clean certain areas every two hours and others considered high-touch every 45 minutes.

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