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Swim lessons restart in Merrill with social distancing measuresSubmitted: 06/02/2020
Swim lessons restart in Merrill with social distancing measures
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter
agoldstein@wjfw.com

MERRILL - Swimming lessons started back up in Merrill this week.

Reintroducing kids to the pool came with a lot of new safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Merrill's administration is limiting the number of swimmers only to individuals or programs that booked reservations ahead of time.

Kids will also no longer share lanes, either with each other or with an instructor.

Instead, parents are being asked to lend a hand to cut down on the risk of transmission.

"The parents are all in the water with their children now, which is different, because that usually only happens if they're infants or toddlers," said swim instructor Ananda VanWie. "So now the parents or the adults or whoever is coming with the kids are doing what we would usually do, so we have to talk to the child and the adult.

The new lane-sharing policies are being combined with traditional sanitation measures.

Merrill's school district is requiring temperature checks before any gathering and is stepping up cleaning of pool equipment.

Aquatic director Cherish Hoy says holding in-person swim instruction is vital for the community.

"We can teach water safety on the internet and we can teach some topics virtually, but we can't teach swimming virtually," Hoy said.

Swim lessons happen from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Prairie River Middle School in Merrill.



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