Free swimming at Ridgetown pool this summer - but you must register first

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Residents of Chatham-Kent will now be offered a new way to beat the heat this summer.

Chatham-Kent residents will be able to swim for free in July.

Following a summer off due to COVID-19 restrictions, the municipality announced last week all seven of the CKRecreation outdoor pools would reopen on July 2. All pools will follow Ontario’s COVID-19 regulations, as well as precautions recommended by the Chatham-Kent public health unit.

“With Ontario still working through the roadmap to reopen, we are happy to be able to provide families and community members a safe place to get active this summer for free,” said Ann Robinson, Chatham-Kent’s manager of recreation services.

She added that operations would look different than in past years, specifically the requirement for pre-registration and zoned swimming areas. Robinson said she asks participants to have patience with staff as they all get used to the ‘new normal’ for the summer.

Due to the pools having reduced capacity, pre-registration is needed for all swims and walk-ins are not permitted. Swimmers can start registration exactly one week before each 45-minute swim.

As part of safety guidelines, each pool will be split into zones marked by pylons and flags. Swimmers must stay within their own zone to ensure proper social distancing. Each zone has a maximum capacity of five swimmers, who must live in the same household.

Swimming lessons will be available; however, they are not free. The lessons will have a maximum of two participants per class.

For more information you can call 519-360-1998.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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