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The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District responded to the state’s phase two reopening plan to schedule the reopening of Sunset Pool. The pool, which closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, returned for patrons on Monday.

“We’ve been preparing for the reopening process,” the district’s executive director Skyler Archibald said.

At the start, lap swimmers must schedule pool times before receiving a 45-minute swim period assignment. During the 15-minute interval between groups of swimmers, staff sanitize the pool before the next group of swimmers.

Patrons are asked if they have any symptoms of illness and must undergo a temperature check before entering the facility, Archibald said, and asked but not required to wear masks.

Recalled staff use safety protocols, personal protective equipment, contact tracing and sanitizing procedures to ensure proper adherence to the Oregon Health Authority’s newly released guidelines.

Fitness programs also relaunched this week, with limits of four people in the fitness center per hour.

“The goal is to provide some services, allow people to go back in water, if all goes well we can consider phasing in some of the other programs, fitness classes, family swim lessons, limited open swim,” Archibald said.

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