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Lowered risk level in county leads to more activities at the aquatic and fitness facility

PMG FILE PHOTO - Barre Fusion and Zumba group classes have resumed at the Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Cneter on a drop-in basis, no reservation required.

With Yamhill County moving down from extreme to high COVID-19 risk in the eyes of the Oregon Health Authority, much is changing around the Chehalem Valley. Dine-in is returning at some restaurants and other institutions are steadily bringing more people in with safety precautions in place.

The Chehalem Park & Recreation District is adding more offerings to its aquatic and fitness center with the change to the county's risk level.

"With Yamhill County downgrading to high-risk category, Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center will be offering more activities and amenities," CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker wrote in a press release. "Safety is our top priority; mask wearing and social distancing are required and COVID precautions will continue to be taken throughout the facility; please visit our website to familiarize yourself with full details on the protocols and precautions we have in place before your welcome return."

Starting March 1, the facility's fitness area remains open on a drop-in basis, but a new maximum of 15 people at a time are allowed in the weight room and five in the cardio room. Mask wearing and constant sanitizing, of course, are still required.

Barre Fusion and Zumba group classes will resume on a drop-in basis, no reservation required, and lap swim will continue on a reservation basis at the Jim McMaster competition pool. The maximum number of swimmers allowed in that area has increased to 13.

Registration has also opened up for those interested in spring break swim lessons or lifeguard training. Information on all the changes is available at www.CPRDNewberg.org.

"We anticipate reopening the leisure pool the week of March 8; we will release more details on that as the time nears," Ricker wrote, adding that for registration or reservations, call the facility at 503-537-2909.


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