Tisdale starts swimming season

TISDALE — Tisdale swimmers can get out their swimming suits, as the Tisdale RECplex Aquatic Centre has officially opened for the season.

Lesley Thibault, Tisdale’s director of recreation and parks said this season will not be like previous seasons in a variety of ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We are planning on opening for some public swims and some lane swims,” Thibault said. “We are offering Red Cross swimming lessons, however the classes are a size of four children. So far we’ve opened up July for that possibility and eventually we’ll get August’s schedule online so people can register their kids if they so wish.”

The Saskatchewan Government’s phase 4.1 of the Re-Open plan allowed outdoor pools to open as early as June 22, but at the time Thibault said the town needed more time to prepare the facility— eventually opening it on June 26 for the public.

“We definitely have a modified schedule… to assist with enhanced cleaning and sanitizing,” she said.

“We normally have a cleaning and sanitize guideline, we were just told that we have to enhance that so we sort of created our own little system.”

The new sanitization system involves cleaning “high touch areas” every two to four hours such as doors, entranceways, ladders, as well as tiling around the pool and hot tubs.

Thibault said they have made the choice to have no purchasable season pass this year, due to the impact COVID-19 has on the pool’s regular season.

“We’re working on 60 per cent of a regular season, so we’re working with everybody gets in for five dollars for a daily pass, or if they choose to buy a 10 [person] pass that would be for any family member if that household that can use that.”

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