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Relying on guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, and the National Parks and Recreation Association, the Salem Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously to keep the Salem Pool closed for the
the entirety of the 2020 season.

“The board went into this process hoping to find a way to open the pool, but in analyzing all the information, found that reopening this season would not be possible,” said Salem
Mayor Justin Green. 

“The restrictions required to open proved to be too difficult to overcome, and still deliver the kind of services the people of our community deserve.”

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb allowed Indiana to enter Stage 3 on Friday, which allowed community pools to open. 

Green said obstacles to opening the pool included significant restrictions in hours, including closures throughout the day to sanitize; the likely elimination of pool parties and swim lessons; and severe limitations on the number of visitors allowed to attend. 

The board determined that this would cause too much disruption in services and too great an inconvenience for guests. 

The requirements would also create a financial burden due
to reduced revenue and increased sanitation and staffing expenses.    

“We are all saddened by this necessary and unavoidable decision, but the health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. The Board determined to remain closed was the only way to proceed responsibly,” said Green. 

“We do plan, though, to be at full service again for next season, and hope to see everyone back and enjoying our wonderful outdoor space next summer!” 

During the pool closure, the Mayor and Park Board will be taking time to examine the need for any improvements that could be made between now and reopening.