It’s safe to go back into the water.
Now that San Joaquin County Health officials have given the OK, the City of Manteca has implemented social distancing and other protocols that will allow the municipal swimming pool in Lincoln Park across from the Powers Avenue fire station to open starting Monday, June 15.
Deputy Director for Recreation Toni Lundgren noted the swimming pool will be limited to 30 percent capacity. Swimmers will also need to practice social distancing and adhere to sanitizing procedure. Staff will also have extra disinfectant procedures in place for pool and adjoining areas.
Open swim is Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.
Swim lessons will start Monday as well. Signups have closed for the initial session but you can still register for future sessions that are offered in two-week blocks with eight sets of morning classes offered between 8:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. and five sets of afternoon/evening classes from 5:10 to 7:45 p.m.
The format will include limiting the number of swimmers. Those feeling more comfortable without a household member instructing their child will have the option of a parent being in the water with a child helping them learn to swim under the instruction of a certified instructor who is social distancing from the deck or in the water.
Lundgren depends upon how the situation unfolds the swimming pool could remain open after the next school starts on Aug. 6. Also swimming lessons could go into September.
Lundgren noted the city was happy to be able to reopen the pool due to the large number of recreational water areas close to Manteca and the abundance of swimming pools in the city.
“It is important that children know how to be safe in the water,” she said.
Registration information for the swimming lessons is available online on the city’s website and/or by calling 456-8600. In person registration will not be available until June 22 when city offices will open to the public.
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