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Wisconsin Rapids Aquatic Center set to open on July 6

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 7:20 PM CDT
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wisconsin Rapids Aquatic Center was originally set to open on June 29, but the date was pushed back in order to give the workers more preparation time.

“The concerns that we’ve heard are basically related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wisconsin Rapids director of public works Joe Terry said.

The aquatic center staff is working closely with the city’s health officials in order to combat those concerns.

“We’ve sat down as staff and spent many hours reviewing the CDC’s policies, looking at the county’s policies, doing our own research and developing a plan,” Terry said.

The plan includes limiting patrons to 400, spreading out the chairs, setting up signs reminding people to social distance and more.

“Without the restrictions that we’ve proposed, I don’t think this would be safe to open,” Terry said.

The guidelines convinced the city council to pass the opening making the aquatic center one of the few water parks open in north central Wisconsin.

“That opportunity to have a feature that keeps people home, so that hopefully people/locals aren’t so interested in travelling long distances,” Terry said.

Even some of the locals trust the aquatic center’s plan to open.

“I don’t really have a concern with it,” Wisconsin Rapids resident Shannon Irwin said. “I mean our numbers are low in this area. If they’re not comfortable, just don’t go.”

“I think it’s a good thing,” Wisconsin Rapids resident Julianne Esser. “I mean everybody is getting trained in a way that is safe for everyone.”

Terry also said that the public works department will be in close contact with the counties health department in case an outbreak does occur.

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