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UPDATE May 14, 2020, 3:45 p.m. - Today, Governor DeWine announced that local jurisdictions who operate public pool facilities may choose to open their respective public pools on May 26. Earlier this month, the City of Canal Winchester announced that our pools would be closed for the 2020 season. We made this decision based on the knowledge we had at the time, and in consideration of numerous practical challenges related to operating safely and effectively during the pandemic.
We care deeply about our community – and that means we consider not only the health and safety of our residents, but also their quality of life. With this in mind, we will carefully review the written guidance from the State Department of Health, including operational restrictions, when it becomes available. We will make an additonal statement about 2020 pool operations only after doing so.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consideration of public health, the City of Canal Winchester will not open the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool during the 2020 season. The City has also decided to cancel its summer kick-off event, “Music in the Park”, which had been scheduled for June 19. Events scheduled for July and August remain under discussion at this time.
“It’s hard to think of summer starting without families at the pool or a concert at Stradley Park, but the health and safety of our community is our top priority,” said Mayor Mike Ebert. “The pool will be closed this year and we’ll have to postpone some events, and hopefully, we’ll be able to return to normal operations in 2021.”
In recent weeks, the Ohio Governor’s office unveiled its new Responsible RestartOhio Plan. The plan consists of a phased reopening of most business sectors throughout the state, with newly outlined recommendations for operating safely. To date, however, the plan does not lift restrictions limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less.
Additionally, as of May 7, 2020, operation of public swimming pools is prohibited in the state. In light of such restrictions and in consideration of suggested social distancing practices meant to limit the spread of COVID-19, City officials determined that keeping the pool closed through the 2020 season would be in the best interest of public health.
Note: In addition to City-sponsored closures and cancellations, organizers of other local events have also recently reported operational changes or cancellation of upcoming 2020 activities, including: