COVID-19 means new rules at Joplin pools

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Crystal McDonald and her kids spent Wednesday enjoying a pool day at Millennium Family Fitness, but not before making a reservation.

“They actually have even limited (the pool) to 62 guests per two hours, so you can make reservations which is nice, so that way you know you’re 6 feet apart from everybody,” said Crystal.

Reservations for pool time are just one of the many changes implemented at the Millennium pool, which is following the specific pool reopening requirements listed in the Joplin Plan for Response and Recovery.

“We’ve had to move the lounge chairs six feet apart. Tables only have four to six chairs. Our staff, even the life guards are wearing masks when the pool is open,” said Millennium Fitness’s director of operations, Brad Bigando.

COVID-19 pool restrictions also mean a lot of amenities including the showers, the locker rooms, and even one of the diving boards are currently out of commission. And the ones that are still in use are constantly being disinfected.

Millennium management says despite the many new rules, guests are taking things in stride.

“People have been real receptive. We take their temperature when they come in, and it’s like they just stop and let you do it. That’s probably the way it’s going to be for a while,” said Bigando.

And while the new rules may mean a new kind of pool experience, it also means moms like Crystal can get her kids out of the house for a bit while still feeling safe.

“We will come here always, and I trust them with my kids’ lives,” said Crystal.

To see the pool reopening guidelines set by the city of Joplin, click here.

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