Aquatic Center closed for 2020 season; Memorial Day events canceled
Florence announces Aquatic Center will not open; Memorial Day Events canceled
Florence, KY - The City of Florence announced today that the Florence Aquatic Center would not be opening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are taking proactive steps regarding the operations at the Aquatic Center. We are listening to the experts at the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Northern Kentucky Health Departments," said Mayor Diane E. Whalen.
Even with the future phase-in benchmarks in lifting some of the restrictions currently in place announced by The White House and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, it is clear that social distancing guidelines will most likely be applied to large public gatherings throughout the summer.
Mayor Whalen added, "The Aquatic Center is one of our flagship parks, and our residents and visitors love it; however, we are taking every precaution necessary to limit exposure and lessen the potential spreading of COVID-19. As much as we want to get back to normality, it will have to wait, unfortunately. The safety of our residents and visitors comes first, always." Even the potential of a shortened pool season would face the challenges of hiring adequate staff for the facility.
It will still be necessary to fill the pool to protect the pool liner and pump equipment. We want to ensure that the equipment is in excellent shape for opening next summer. We are working with the professional staff to make sure no damage occurs so that the opening can take place on time next year.
Anyone who purchased a 2020 season pass to the Aquatic Center will be contacted about receiving a refund or transferring that to the 2021 season.
Also announced was the cancelation of the annual Florence Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.
Whalen stated, "The City has hosted this parade for more than 20 years and strongly supports the honoring of our military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Since concerns will remain regarding large public gatherings and the spread of the Coronavirus, we want everyone to stay safe apart while we wait to find our place in the post-COVID-19 era."
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