Columbiana pool opens with some new changes

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The pool is limited to 150 people at a time

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday’s sunshine meant a good first day for opening the pool at Firestone Park in Columbiana.

The park is making some strict changes so swimmers can enjoy the water. Masks must be worn when you go in but can be taken off before entering the pool.

Also, you have to be a resident of Columbiana to get in. Residents are required to pre-register before using the pool to prove they live in the city.

“We’re getting a little bit of heat about that, but we’re here for the residents too and for everybody,” said pool manager Terry Shaffer.

Employees are taking everyone’s temperatures too and asking a few health questions before allowing guests to come in.

The pool is limited to 150 people at a time and 30 people in the baby pool area.

Signs are posted all over the pool area about COVID-19 symptoms to encourage social distancing.

“We’ve done a lot of work to make it happen this year. We hope everyone comes out to support us like we want to support them,” Shaffer said.

A lot of that work was with the help of a full staff.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a summer job, so I was really excited when I got the call. Of course, it’s going to be a challenging summer with all the changes and maybe people being frustrated, but overall I think it’s going to be a great summer,” said assistant manager Haley Thom.

“We were all pretty happy that we have a job and everybody in the community who likes it here is able to come in and be where they want to be for the summer,” said assistant manager Jarrett Nemick.

Employees say they’re excited to be open for the summer but hope those who come out can help them stay open.

“Hopefully, everybody abides by the rules. It’s us getting used to them as well as the public getting used to them,” Shaffer said.

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