Better late than never, but family swimming is back!
On Thursday, July 17, The District of Kent Community Recreation and Cultural Centre announced a new booking system that allows family swim times at Ferny Coombe Pool on the weekend.
Through the CRCC, Kent residents can now book one-hour family swim times on Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend. Bookings open at noon each Monday; those interested can book through Connect to Rec on the District of Kent’s website or by calling the CRCC directly at 604-796-8891.
“These pre-booked time slots provide opportunities for the community to return to swimming safely while following the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by our Provincial Health Officer, Worksafe BC and the District of Kent,” the announcement reads.
In mid-April, the district announced that the scheduled May 4 opening of the Ferny Coombe Pool would be delayed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two months later, on June 18, the district re-opened the pool to the public under limited services, reopening first to the Agassiz-Harrison Aquanauts Swim Club and then to AquaFit classes as well as parent-accompanied swim lessons.
Family swim time at pre-COVID capacity has not been announced at this time.
The district requires residents to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, which includes staying at home if you are ill, keeping hands clean and sanitized and practicing proper physical distancing of two metres or more.
While experts say coronavirus can live in water for possibly days, the risk of contracting COVID-19 while swimming is low and the virus’s presence does not necessarily mean it’s infectious. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention stated while no evidence has surfaced that COVID-19 spreads via water, the bigger issue with opening swimming areas to the public is the risk of close physical contact with infected individuals.
For more information about pool bookings or other CRCC related inquiries, call 604-796-8891. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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