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Guidelines for public pools to reopen in Kentucky released

“When are pools going to open?” is a popular question across the Bluegrass right now. On June 29, public pools will be allowed to reopen in Kentucky, but only if they meet a set of guidelines released by Governor Andy Beshear yesterday.

First off, capacity. To determine how many swimmers will be allowed in the pool at once, facilities will need to take the water surface area and divide by 36 square feet. For instance, a 2,000 square foot pool would have a capacity of 55 people (2000/36 = 55.5) to comply with social distancing requirements of six feet on all sides. Those same calculations should be used to determine the maximum number of people allowed in the facility at once.

Social distancing will be enforced any time someone’s head is above water (this sounds like a lifeguard’s nightmare). Any chairs on deck should be spaced six feet apart on all sides, and guests are encouraged to bring their own. Waiting areas, saunas, and steam rooms must also remained closed. Locker rooms, common areas, break rooms, and restrooms may open, but must be properly and frequently cleaned and ventilated. Employees must wear face coverings and other PPE whenever they are within six feet of one another, except for lifeguards (safety hazard). You can review all the guidelines here.

Lexingtonians, before you start packing your beach bag, keep in mind that public pools in the city will not open this summer per Mayor Linda Gorton’s order.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for Guidelines for public pools to reopen in Kentucky released

  1. Gazza
    4:44 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

    Beshear is an idiot…..”Everyone Is Now Dumber” .

    • Not Dan Issel
      5:04 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

      What!?! No masks while swimming? What is little Andy thinking of? How dare he put us all in such danger!?!

  2. Lip Man 1
    5:23 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

    There is no way in the world idiots are going to adhere to social distancing in a pool as well as not wear masks around it.

    More insanity.

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:25 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

      The real insanity is people like you believing the BS. Do you know anyone who has died from covid with no underlying issues? I don’t and I don’t know anyone who does. Maybe you should just live in a bubble.

  3. peaches76
    5:46 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

    Well, if someone doesn’t feel comfortable trying to abide with the guidelines for pools there’s always the option of going to downtown Louisville and protesting. Certainly no requirements for COVID down there.