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Swimming pool openings, city day camp squelched by virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to the city swimming pool and its summer day camp programs opening.

Other community swimming pools are evaluating whether they can reopen under guidelines set forth by Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Department of Health.

In Williamsport, Mayor Derek Slaughter announced Thursday afternoon in a news release that Splash Cove at Memorial Park would not open for the summer season, nor can the summer day camps for children.

“Due to ongoing restrictions related to COVID-19, Memorial Pool will be closed this summer,” Slaughter stated. “Additionally, the city will not be able to host our summer recreation programs due to the same restrictions.”

“These decisions were not made lightly and we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters while realizing the main priority is the health and safety of our community,” he added.

At Loyalsock Township, recreation officials said they are working on getting the pool ready for after Memorial Day, and must wait for guidance from the state on when and if the swimming pool on Northway Road will be able to open this year.

The township pool will not be open over the weekend or on Memorial Day, township recreation officials said on the township website.

At Jersey Shore Borough, the swimming pool on Thompson Street remains closed while under the yellow phase of the governor’s reopening plan for the state, officials there said.

For safety of patrons, the pool will remain closed until the region moves into a green phase, at which time the borough council will decide on what action to take, borough officials said.

At Muncy, the pool trustees announced they are doing everything to get the pool ready, but also must wait on advice from the state and are listening to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether it will be opened this year.

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