A local swimming school is struggling to stay afloat. Despite the uncertainty, school staff are preparing to reopening for summer swim lessons soon.
For the first time in its 36 years of business, the Five Cities Swim School is closed.
Owner Jeffery Purchin says they would normally be teaching 500 kids per week during this time of year.
Donations from locals and the approval of a federal paycheck protection loan will help the school's financial situation somewhat. However, Purchin says they have already lost thousands of dollars since they shut down on March 17.
Purchin is hoping to reopen June 1.
"We're just going to do everything we can to be as safe and keep the community safe so the children can get in the water and take swimming lessons. And the seniors who need the water so badly, our water is 90 degrees, [they] need it so badly just to get in the water," Perchin said. "We're doing everything we can to make it safe as possible."
His staff is back to work this week.
Five Cities Swim School is offering a discount for 10 percent off gift certificates for future children's swim lessons.