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Flag football and soccer are among the possibilities during Phase 2; the pool is up to health and county officials.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Children gather near the bucket feature at the Madras Aquatic Center. The district hopes some activities can resume in late June or early July. The MAC Recreation District Board and staff sent an email Monday explaining that there isn't a simple answer to when the Madras Aquatic Center and outdoor activities can resume, but it will be at least 21 days.

That depends on the success of Phase 1 reopening, the message said.

"Currently the MACRD outdoor activities are listed in Phase 2, and the pool reopening is up to our local health and county officials. The biggest obstacle to reopening are the social distancing requirements and the group size allowed to congregate in one location," it said.

If after 21 days the county meets the requirements for Phase 2, gatherings could increase to 50. "At this point, we could potentially operate our flag football and soccer programs, assuming we can relax the 6-foot social distancing rule," the message said.

In that case, activities would start in late June or early July. And pool access would be limited to 50 people.

"We plan on offering the community an opportunity to sign up for open slots and work with us to maintain distance outside of the pool," the message said.

"Nothing is set in stone," it continued, "it is a very fluid process right now, which is why our staff is working closely with the county/public health officials to approve our reopening plan."

During the closure, staff has been working maintenance projects that require the pools to be empty. They have done system upgrades and repaired the water slide.

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