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Gorton: Lexington will not open pools in Summer due to health risks

Posted at 5:34 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 17:34:11-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington’s public pools will not open this summer because of the health risks of COVID-19, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

The city is following broad guidance from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and the CDC. Lexington joins Covington and Paducah among others as Kentucky cities to close public pools for the Summer due to COVID-19.

“Protecting the health of our citizens and our employees has to come first,” Gorton said in a press release. “The Governor and the CDC are encouraging us to practice social distancing. Children and swimming pools just don’t make for good social distancing. As much as I would like to open our pools this summer, it’s not responsible.”

Gorton thanked Lexington citizens for everything they are doing to keep the virus in check.

“When you are making the decision to be healthy at home, to observe social distancing or to wash your hands, you are saving lives,” Gorton said. “Thanks to our citizens, Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers have remained low and we have done a good job of protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”