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New rules in place as the pool at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook opens

Four-year-old Grant Rowe had lots of fun at the splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook on Wednesday. Grant and his family are from Glenwood and decided to take a staycation to the west coast. DIANE CROCKER/SALTWIRE NETWORK
Four-year-old Grant Rowe had lots of fun at the splash pad at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook on Wednesday, July 8. Grant and his family are from Glenwood and decided to take a staycation to the west coast. DIANE CROCKER/SALTWIRE NETWORK

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CORNER BROOK

Anyone looking to beat the heat in Corner Brook on July 8 was finally able to jump into the pool at Margaret Bowater Park.

The pool was delayed opening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the opening comes with a few changes from what swimmers are used to.

Users will be required to wash or sanitize their hands before entering the pool/deck area and line up and wait their turn while practising physical distancing.

A maximum of 40 people will be allowed on or within the pool/deck area and a parent and child count as two people. If there is a lineup, swimmers will be limited to 20 minutes. And when done swimming people must leave the deck area immediately.

A maximum of 20 people are allowed within the kiddie pool area.

Charlotte Wareham, left, and Hala Parsons were among the brave swimmers to take to the cold water when the pool at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook opened on Wednesday, July 8.  - Diane Crocker
Charlotte Wareham, left, and Hala Parsons were among the brave swimmers to take to the cold water when the pool at Margaret Bowater Park in Corner Brook opened on Wednesday, July 8. - Diane Crocker

Lifejackets are encouraged for those who need them. No personal belongings are allowed in the pool area, and there will be no lounging on the pool deck.

Most importantly, anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit the pool.

The pool, splash pad and washrooms at the park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Signs have been posted around the park to remind users of the protocols and security is on site to enforce them. Anyone not following one or more of the safety measures will be asked to leave.

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