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McMurtrey Aquatic Center pool to reopen to the public for lap swimming next week

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 18:27:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield’s Recreation & Parks Department announced the reopening of the McMurtrey Aquatic Center pool to the public for lap swimming starting Monday.

Swimmers are allowed one lane and one appointment each day. Each swimmer must reserve a lane in advance by calling (661) 852-7431 and be ready to swim on arrival in order to keep the day’s schedule.

Lap swimming will be permitted three times a day for swimmers 12-years-old and older. Swimmers as young as 8-years-old are permitted during family lap swim on Saturdays.

All swimmers must have their temperatures checked when they enter the facility. These protocols will remain in place for at least two weeks.

The cost is $5 per person, per visit or $105 for City residents to get a 30-visit pass ($115 for non-residents).

The McMurtrey Aquatic Center, like other public pool facilities, was closed under guidelines from the California and Kern County Public Health Departments in an effort to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

The Recreation & Parks Department has been working to develop protocols that are within the guidelines set by the county health department for limiting the virus’ spread, including additional disinfecting measures. Other measures in place can be seen in an accompanying document.

Until further direction from the county health department, the slides at the McMurtrey Aquatic Center will remain closed.

Other City-operated public pools will also remain closed until further notice.