With warmer weather arriving, the Winchester Swimplex is open but in a way that is nothing like in previous years.
The coronavirus threat has altered how the Swimplex accommodates occupants.
Aquatics Manager Lisa Clark said Friday that the outdoor pool is limited to half occupancy, which is now 60 swimmers, to promote social distancing.
She said that family members are excluded from the 6-feet-apart, social-distancing guideline because they have already been in close contact with each other at home, but the distance standard applies to all others.
“People are a little worried about what’s going on right now,” she said, referring to the coronavirus threat.
But Clark said procedures have been established to make sure the Swimplex is sanitized and visitors remain safe.
Other safeguards include temperature tests for anyone entering the pool areas, and personnel routinely sanitize restroom and dressing facilities when swimmers exit them to ensure safety.
The outdoor pool is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Clark said that cleaning and sanitizing is done between sessions, from 1-2 p.m. each day, to ensure all areas of the Swimplex are protected.
Sunday pool hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Clark said the outdoor pool will also accommodate special parties, set up by appointment with a 55-person limit.
She added that the 55 number allows for five staff members to handle lifeguard and sanitation duties, meaning 60 are allowed in the facility at a given time.
Clark said that during regular pool hours, swimmers routinely come and go in and out of the facility and are not all in the immediate pool area at the same time, unlike a special party setting, so the maximum swimmer number allowed during regular sessions is 60.
Clark said swimming lessons are also planned. For further information on schedules, call 931-962-4204 or visit the Winchester Swimplex Facebook page.
Guests during regular pool hours will enter through the outside fence and go directly to the outdoor pool area.
Clark said visitors will need to provide their own seating. She explained that it would be extremely labor intensive to have personnel constantly sanitizing chairs and chase lounges on the premises, so a decision was made to have visitors provide their own seating.
The Swimplex’ indoor pool is limited to six occupants at a given time — one per each swimming lane to ensure social distancing.
The indoor pool is open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Appointments can be made by calling 931-800-9030.
To access the indoor pool, come to the front door.