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Lincoln Pool in Grand Island is back open with restrictions

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 9:21 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) -

It’s been hot and humid in the Tri-Cities for the past few days. People are sweaty and their bodies are overheating, but there is a way to escape the heat. Lincoln Pool is back open in Grand Island, but with restrictions to keep people safe from the Coronavirus.

Lincoln Pool opened on Wednesday, and they’ve been packed ever since. The pool is open for five sessions per day for two-hour intervals, and only 50 people are allowed at a time for each session. People can book a time slot on their website or they can walk-in, but only if the pool is under capacity.

“We’re really excited it’s back open,” said Pamela Little, who brought her kids for the first time on Thursday. “My boys are pool kids. We’re usually here four-to-five days a week in the summer, so we’re really excited we got the opportunity to at least spend July here.”

In between each session, pool staff has 20 minutes to disinfect everything from pool equipment, bathrooms and life vests. They also provide hand sanitizer around the pool area and in the bathrooms.

“We deep clean for those 20 minutes, spray everything down, anything that’s been touched, and used,” said Lincoln Park Pool Facility Manager Diane Miller. “We’re doing our best to keep everybody safe and still have fun.”

People can relax by the pool, but only on built-in benches and the ground. This year, staff has locked away lounge chairs and drinking fountains are off-limits. Swimmers are also asked to maintain social distancing while standing in line for slides and the diving boards.

“People are doing a good job of following the rules,” Miller added. “We have red X’s marked where we want you to stand while you’re waiting in line. I really think we’ve taken every precaution we can take.”

The pool is open for the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the rules do apply for the holiday. Staff recommends people to make an appointment before spots are filled. People can also book parties following the under 50 rule. Right now, they have almost 20 parties signed up in July alone.

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