West Jefferson pool set to open on June 6

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The village of West Jefferson started the process of filling the municipal pool on June 2. Village leaders tentatively set June 6 as the pool’s opening date, with new admission rates and rules in place.

(Posted June 2, 2020)

By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer

The West Jefferson village pool is tentatively set to open on June 6.

The village is opening the pool because “kids need something to do,” said Mayor Ray Martin at the June 1 village council meeting.

The pool’s operations will differ from past years to limit the risk of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The number of people permitted at the pool will be lowered based on county health guidelines. That occupancy limit had not been set as of press time. To prioritize use of the facility, only West Jefferson residents will be admitted to the pool this season.

Additionally, annual passes are not being sold this year because entrance is not guaranteed due to the capacity limit. However, two residents bought annual passes in December, and their passes are being honored.

While pool rules may change as the pool opens and organizers see how things go, social distancing will be enforced no matter what.

As of now, pool users are permitted to gather only with the people they arrive at the pool with. Users must stay socially distanced both in and out of the pool. The grass outside the pool is marked at six-foot intervals to allow for distancing.

Concessions workers are required to wear masks. Residents must wear masks while in bathrooms and other enclosed spaces.

To further reduce the chance of gathering, the pool staff will not put out chairs or picnic tables, however, residents may bring their own chairs from home.

The pool is not available for rental at this time. If county health guidelines change, rentals may be possible later in the summer.

Daily admission rates to the pool are cheaper this year than in previous years. The cost for anyone 6 years of age and older is $4 which is $2 less than last year. Admission after 4 p.m. is $2 which is $1 less than last year.

Admission is free for children 5 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. In previous years, only children 2 and younger received free admission.

Village leaders cut admission rates to account for residents who may be out of work and unable to afford higher prices.

“There are a lot of questions out there, but you have to go forward and make decisions,” Martin said, “and I think we’re making good decisions.”

In other news, the village’s tax and water departments are set to open on June 8. To encourage social distancing, only one individual will be allowed in the office at a time.

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