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Skate park open, pool opens Monday

Skateboarders are welcome back at the Skate Park thanks to Phase 2, which is also opening horseshoe pits and hardball courts.
Kurt Hildebrand

Pool Rules

■ Public gatherings no more than 50 people

■ 6 feet of Social Distancing

■ Staff wear personal protective equipment

Entrance and Exiting of Facility

■ Single point of entry and exit and all patrons are to stay 6’ apart due to social distancing.

No gathering is allowed

Patrons will wait in designated areas

Avoid physical contact

■ Temperature check of patrons and staff prior to entering the program with rejection for <100 temps

■ No gathering is allowed. Patrons will wait in designated areas. Avoid physical contact.

■ Restricting items brought from home including swim equipment such as kickboards, weights and buoys

■ Encourage all staff and patrons to wash their hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezing

■ Showering is mandatory prior to entering the water. No soap or shampoo permitted on the deck

■ Entry staff will be provided and required to use PPE while on duty

■ Exiting will occur through the double gates (outside pool area) near maintenance

■ Masks are required if distancing is difficult but not required while swimming.

Locker Rooms, Toilets and Showering

■ Locker rooms closed. Staff regulate entrance if patrons need items out of lockers (2 patrons at a time then vacate)

■ People shower on the deck 6-feet apart using deck showers and portable showers (5 showers)

■ Toilets are available from the indoor pool decking (4 toilets)

Front Office and Lobby

■ All patrons are to stay 6’ apart due to social distancing

■ Countertops and other public fixtures are to be regularly disinfected following use by patrons and staff

■ Some type of shield or protection will be installed to protect staff from constant patron interaction.

■ Entry staff will be provided and required to use PPE while on duty and out of the water

■ Only a limited number of patrons will be allowed in at any one time

■ Cashier staff required to wear masks

■ Concessions

All patrons are to stay 6 feet apart ordering and receiving food due to social distancing

Food options will be limited to those that are prepackaged and do not require staff preparation of food

Countertops and other public fixtures are to be regularly disinfected following use by patrons and staff

Concession staff will be provided and required to use PPE while on duty and out of the water

Indoor Pool

■ 1 swimmer per lane down the middle line allows for 6ft distancing. (45min; 1-4 lanes)

■ 1 water walker per lane (45min; 2 lanes)

■ 2 water walkers may be allowed in one lane if from the same household

Temporary Schedule

5:45 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Monday through Friday

7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Outdoor Pool

One swimmer per lane down the middle line allows for 6ft distancing. (45min; 8 lanes; 8 people)

Temporary Schedule

5:45 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Monday through Friday

7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Therapy Pool

Temporary Schedule

6:30am-8:15am & 11:30am-7:15pm Mon–Fri

patrons without a Physical Therapist (45min; 8patrons)

8:30am-11:15am Mon-Fri patrons with a Physical Therapist (45min; 8patrons)

7:45am-5:30pm Sat & Sun patrons without a Physical Therapist (45min; eight patrons)

Slide pool

■ Temporary Schedule

6:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Monday-Friday patrons without a Physical Therapist (45 min; 8 patrons)

7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday patrons without a Physical Therapist (45 min; 8 patrons)

Activity Pool

■ Used to sanitize equipment only. Please pickup and return equipment before and after swim.

Weight Room

■ Workouts (45 min;3 patrons)

■ Sanitizing required before and after each use

■ Limiting the number of users in the room at one time 6’ social distancing will be required of all visitors

■ Staff required to use PPE while on duty (staff stationed in MP Room)

■ Patrons exit out north or west door of multi-purpose room

■ Temporary Schedule:

8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. all week

Water Aerobics

■ Water Aerobics will be required to social distance 6 feet and must reserve ahead of time. (45 min; 20 patrons)

■ The next class will not be allowed to enter the facility until previous class is finished and patrons are exiting

■ Classes will be taught indoors at this time taking up 3 lane spaces

■ Temporary Schedule:

8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Monday (Deep Water)

8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Tuesday

7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. Wednesday

8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Thursday

7:30 a.m. (Deep Water), 8:30 a.m. Friday

Lessons

■ Continue practicing social distancing will remain in place both in the water and on deck

■ Instructor teaches from the deck for higher level

■ Instructor demonstrates skills with parent in the water handling children for lower levels

■ Drop-In Lessons only available at this time. (1 child per teacher or 2 from same household)

■ Temporary Schedule:

11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Miscellaneous

■ Lifeguards cleaning surfaces constantly as a rotation (handrails, door handles, drinking fountains)

■ PA system announcements will be conducted as needed to prevent the spread

■ Increase of outdoor air into ventilation system will be done as much as possible

■ Patrons are advised not to wear masks in the water and do not share equipment

There’s a fairly old joke in Gardnerville about someone looking at the skate park along Waterloo Lane and asking “when are you going to put water in that pool?”

On Thursday, Douglas County announced it was reopening the skate park, horseshoe pits and hardball courts shortly before the Carson Valley Swim Center announced it’s taking reservations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday for its June 1 opening.

Douglas County Community Services is reopening the gym and fitness facilities at the Community Center on Waterloo Lane and at Kahle Community Center on June 3. Classes will resume at the discretion of the individual instructors.

Swim Center Director Shannon Harris said swimmers must make reservations at least a day in advance 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 782-8840. Callers will be able to reserve up to three days at a time with no more than two different areas back-to-back.

“Staff and patron safety remain our top priority so if it is determined that we cannot safely programs or facility we will not offer them regardless of any recommendations,” Harris said. “The Centers for Disease Control reports that proper chlorine levels between 1-3 ppm kills the COVID 19 virus on contact and that treated and maintained water is not a source of transmission.”

The pool will be checking staff and patrons’ temperatures before entering the pool. Anyone reading 100 degrees or warmer will be sent home.

The governor anticipates that youth sports and recreation will be able to open at some point in Phase 2.

“There are a lot of considerations at play here and for our youth, we want to make sure we have a strong, safe plan in place,” Harris said.

Mono County’s private campgrounds and RV Parks were being allowed to open Friday at half capacity.

No new Douglas coronavirus cases were announced on Thursday night, but the ZIP Codes of the new cases from this week show one additional in Gardnerville and one in Minden-Johnson Lane, which brings that to 13.

As of Thursday, Douglas had five active, and 25 recovered cases.

Four people have been fined for nonessential travel through South Lake Tahoe as a result of a travel ban. That $1,000 fine has been paused until June 9. El Dorado County rescinded their travel ban on Wednesday.