SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Across Kentucky, public and private pools can now reopen under new health and safety guidelines. While some bluegrass counties will still keep their pools closed, Georgetown-Scott County Parks & Recreation officials welcomed back visitors to the pavilion pool Monday.
"I'm so excited that we get to open up. We've had so many people wanting to come to the pool," said aquatics manager Lily Caudill.
People were excited to get back, as reservations were booked for reopening day for recreational use of the pavilion pool. Guests can expect to see some changes this summer, though, like a smaller crowd. Only 25 people will be allowed in the leisure pool at a time. However, workers hope that number can increase over the next few months.
"What I'm really hoping is that about every week, we're getting updates that more and more people can come into the pool," said Caudill. "Right now, we're just going on a week by week basis, and we are hoping by towards the end of the summer or midsummer that we go back to our original capacity for the small pool."
The plan is to have the pool area open to adults until noon, and then swimmers of all ages can come in. You can reserve a time block of up to three hours online.
The lap pool has already been open for lane reservations and will continue to stay open. However, the diving board and climbing wall won't be in use while workers figure out a proper cleaning and disinfecting plan.
There is already a plan for the rest of the pool area.
"For our deck, what we do is we make a mild chlorine solution, a little bit higher concentration than what's in the water, and our guards spray the deck, the bleachers, the handrails, anything that patrons are going to touch once an hour," said Caudill.
There are also reminders to socially distance all around the pool area, making sure people stay safe while having fun.
You can learn more about the new guidelines at the pavilion pool here.