Santa Maria reopens pool with enhanced safety protocols

Paul Nelson
Posted at 4:20 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:20:26-05

The city of Santa Maria is reopening the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center with enhanced safety protocols to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

City officials say this comes after a number of COVID-19 cases among pool staff. They confirm two lifeguards tested positive for the virus, while a few others were exposed on their own during encounters over the holidays. The city says all the lifeguards affected have recovered. The spread prompted a three-week closure which was lifted on Monday.

The city says the pool staff underwent a training over the weekend before reopening.

The pool is only open for lap swimming. Swimmers will need to reserve a time to swim online and sign a COVID-19 waiver.