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Pools, swim beaches in Arkansas allowed to open on May 22

Gov. Hutchinson said pools, splash pads and swim beaches are allowed to reopen on May 22 with social distancing restrictions.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Hutchinson announced Friday that pools, splash pads, water parks and swim beaches would be allowed to open on May 22.

Hutchinson said that in order to reopen, several social distancing guidelines must be met.

These are the following guidelines that must be met:

  • No entry if fever, symptoms or contact with positive patient
  • 50% capacity
  • 6-foot physical distancing in all areas
  • Fewer entrances to control overcrowding
  • Markings to denote social distancing at slides, diving boards, etc.
  • Disinfect high touch area frequently
  • Move seating areas 6 feet apart
  • Test pool chemistry twice a day

Hutchinson also said that lifeguard training can begin immediately.

That means pools and swim beaches in the state can choose to be open for Memorial Day, which is on May 25.

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

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