BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Swimming pools are allowed to reopen in Phase 2 of Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan. Even so, Central Oregon pool operators and property managers say they have to meet some challenging requirements in order to reopen.
The reopening guidelines for pools require on-site staff posted at entry/exit points, contract trace logs, regular sanitizing of high-touch areas and capacity limitations.
Julie Brown, a spokeswoman for the Bend Park and Recreation District, said Monday the district has not yet decided on a date for reopening the swimming pool at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.
She said the district is still in the process of planning for the pool reopening, which would require them to hire more staff, and will release details next week. The rest of the facility reopened Monday, with rules in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center (SHARC) has also not yet decided on a reopening date for its indoor pool or aquatic park.
Aperion Management Group in Bend, which manages homeowners associations for communities around Central Oregon, said all of the expectations asked of swimming pools will be difficult, although not impossible, for an HOA to meet.
Reporter Rhea Panela is speaking with property managers about how they plan to meet the reopening guidelines, and when community pools can be expected to reopen. She will bring updates to this story starting at Fox at 4.