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Pool reopens with COVID restrictions in place

Masha Scheele
reporter@hintonvoice.ca


The pool officially reopened this week on Sept. 14, and swimmers are required to reserve their spot at the pool prior to their swim.

Thirty-minute time slots can be reserved one day prior and multiple times can be reserved via their website or phone. 

The reservation system was put in place as a measure to ensure fair levels of use were in place due to limitations on spots available.

“So far, all has gone seamlessly. We have received multiple compliments regarding the level of cleanliness and controls in place,” stated the Town administration.

According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), chlorinated pool water is an effective disinfectant and the risk of transmission from contact with properly treated pool water is considered minimal. 

“We increased our chlorine part per million (ppm) from 2ppm to 3 ppm as good measure. In addition, our facility has created an enhanced cleaning schedule of all high touch points of our facility,” stated Josh Yaworski, Hinton’s communications coordinator.

There are six lanes available for lane swim reservation and the lane number is determined on a first come first serve basis. 

Families and cohorts are permitted and encouraged to utilize the same lane. 

Sixteen shallow end spots for aquafit are available for reservation, and there will be an additional 16 deep-end slots available for drop-in on a first come first serve basis. 

Swimmers must also be registered for family swim, and 32 individual spots will be available for registration. There will be no communal toys or equipment for family swim, including the rope swing and climbing wall.

While the hot tub and play pool remain closed, the steam room is open for public use after Alberta Health Services (AHS) gave the go-ahead. Only four spots are available on a drop-in first come first serve basis.

The hot tub and play pool will open in approximately two weeks, pending everything goes well with start-up, stated Hinton’s administration.

Inside the aquatic facility, swimmers are asked to follow directional arrows and ensure physical distancing from one another at all times. 

Masks are recommended but are not permitted be worn while performing physical activity.

Change room capacity is limited and lockers are closed until further notice, but there are areas taped off on deck for belongings.

Cleansing showers prior to a swim are a must and equipment use is limited. 

Any swimmers 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 18 years or older. 

The pool will be open from 7 am until 9 pm on Monday to Friday and from 12 pm until 6 pm during the weekend.

Register to swim time at www.hinton.ca or by calling 780-865-4412, spots are limited and are only available for reservation 24hrs in advance of the swim time.