Pools, splashpad in Minto set to open July 6

MINTO – Swimming pools and the splash pad in this municipality will be open by July 6, with measures in place to promote physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public swimming, family swims, aquasize classes and swimming lessons will all be offered at municipal pools in Harriston and Palmerston. However the only lessons being offered are private or semi-private and parent and tot lessons.

Also due to anticipated high demand for public swims and family swims and reduced capacity at the pools due to COVID-19, town officials are asking that only residents of the Town of Minto attend these programs for the first two weeks.

“After this, availability will be opened up to anyone interested,” officials state.

During a June 25 online community update, recreation services manager Matt Lubbers explained programs will be offered, “in a way that promotes physical distancing and limits the number of people in a certain area at a certain time.”

Lubbers said measures include;

– a 75 per cent reduction in the number of people allowed to attend public swim sessions;

– pools and splash pads will have one way in and one way out with hand sanitizer stations at entrances and exits; and

– change rooms will be closed, but washrooms will be available for use.

“We hope measures will be adhered to and were not put in a position where we have to consider closing anything down,” Lubbers stated.

In addition to public activities, both the Palmerston and Harriston Pools are available to rent on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 1:50pm. Pool rental includes qualified lifeguards and sessions for up to 25 people at a cost of $100. To book a rental email grace@town.minto.on.ca.