Pool closes for two-week, COVID-19 freeze
Just as the Molalla Aquatic Center was ramping up after a multimonth closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, the pool has closed once again.
Gov. Kate Brown on Nov. 13 announced a two-week freeze for all of Oregon — restricting social gatherings, limiting restaurant capacity, and closing gyms, pools and other businesses.
With that, the center was forced to shutter temporarily. That means the following programs are canceled through Dec. 2: family swims, Tot Time, water fitness classes, lap swims and swim team rentals.
"I am deeply saddened by the most recent mandate from the state of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority," Pool director Melissa Georgesen said in an email to the community. "As a mom and member of this community, I know how hard this news is. We have been through a lot already, and it seems 2020 isn't quite done yet. I encourage you to all be safe and hope you and your families stay healthy. Please reach out if you need anything."
Member passes will be placed on hold to avoid any time loss.
Georgesen said she is watching the situation closely and will communicate a reopening date as soon as possible.
Brown indicated the two-week freeze could be extended, if necessary, so pool patrons are encouraged to check the website at molallaaquaticcenter.com for announcements. Those interested also can sign up at molallaaquaticcenter.com/subscribe-to-email-list to receive periodic updates via email.
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