Pool use in Holt County and the surrounding areas will be different to say the least, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The O'Neill City Council decided at it's June meeting to keep the O'Neill Pool closed. Atkinson and Orchard are going to try and open their pools in the next few weeks despite the directed health measures and the rules they are obliged to follow.
The Atkinson pool will open on Monday, June 22. The pool will be opened daily for three (3) sessions, as follows: 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The 1-hour break between sessions will allow for the lifeguards to clean and disinfect.
On Monday, June 22, the pool will be open for Atkinson residents only, it will be a free pool day. The pool will be open to the public, starting Tuesday, June 23. pool capacity is limited to 194 people (excluding staff) until further notice. No outside food or beverage is allowed. No pool toys are allowed and no pool parties.
In addition to any existing rules and regulations of the City of Atkinson pool, the following additional rules are in effect for the summer of 2020:
Participant Release. Each participant will be required to sign a release for the summer (one time only). If a swimmer is a minor, their parent must sign on their behalf.
Contact Information. Each participant must provide their name and phone number for each session for contact tracing purposes.
Social distancing. This will be strictly enforced. Groups must be no larger than eight individuals and must maintain six feet of separation between groups. A group is defined as immediate family members only. All pool patrons, unless you are with your "family group," must maintain six feet of social distance from all other patrons. Swimmers should stay at least six feet apart while standing in line. Swimmers not adhering to social distancing guidelines are subject to expulsion.
Showering. All swimmers are required to shower in their swimsuits with soap before entering the pool deck.
Health screening. All participants will be asked if they have a fever or if anyone in their house has had a fever in the past 14 days. Temperatures will also be checked before each session for all swimmers.
Supervision. Any child under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible person who is 14 years of age or older from the same family. Such a responsible person shall monitor the activity of their group to ensure social distancing.
Rule changes. Any directed health measures shall supersede these rules and shall be strictly followed. All rules are subject to change without notice.