• Atlanta Northcutt

Manchester Recreation Complex Reopens Under New Safety Guidelines

By: Atlanta Northcutt -- Reporter for the Southern Standard

Manchester Recreation Complex Outdoor Pool

Manchester's Recreation Complex has reopened a majority of the activity departments with certain hours and guidelines being enforced in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The new hours for the Manchester Recreation Complex are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Manchester's Parks and Recreation Department contains 104 acres of park land. The department offers a 69,000 square feet indoor recreation center containing two indoor pools, an outdoor leisure pool, racquetball courts, wellness room, spin room, youth wellness room, aerobics, gymnasium, walking track and casual care nursery.

The department is following safety guidelines presented by the CDC and national, state and local health department ordinances, and reminding individuals who enter the complex to maintain social distancing.

"For the purposes of these guidelines, the term “attractions, large venues and large community events” means any venue (indoor or outdoor), facility, or place of interest which offers leisure, amusement, or entertainment activities," states the Tennessee Pledge for attractions, large venues and community events. "Despite hosting a large number of people on-site at any one time, such venues should operate in a manner such that persons from different households or small groups are able to substantially maintain 6 feet of separation from other persons or small groups outside their own group during their visit. These venues could include, for example, concert and performing arts venues, amusement and water parks, fairs, festivals, expos, parades, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, museums, convention centers, roller or ice skating rinks, and sporting event venues."

Manchester's Recreation Complex is currently only allowing residents of Coffee County who have a membership with the complex to enter the facility.

Effective June 15, the lap pool instilled special hours and rules. With lap swimming, limited lanes are available by reservation only with one hour of usage per guest. Only one person or household are allowed per lane.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the lap pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and reopens from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday's hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday's are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With the therapy pool, hours for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. with Monday's and Wednesday's hours being 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday's hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday's are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The outdoor pool is open daily from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. shutting down for an hour for thorough cleaning. The pool reopens from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closes again for disinfecting and another hour of cleaning.

On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, the outdoor pool reopens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Once the two-hour pool session concludes, all patrons must leave the pool area.

All pools are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each morning, night and during each break. The complex's pools received a health score of 100 out of 100 by the Health Department for the month of June.

The indoor basketball courts reopened on Monday, June 15, with restrictions including having to possess a membership pass, no one under the age of nine being allowed on the courts, temperatures being taken and sanitizing hands before entering the complex, only half of the court being used, bringing your own basketball since none will be supplied by the complex, only four people or one household using one basket, everyone checking in at the front desk to see if a court is available with a limit of one hour of use per day and no scrimmaging or pick-up games.

Other departments of the Manchester Recreation Complex include the skate park reopening from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, racquetball courts opening for one-hour rentals by reservation and other areas being opened with strict restrictions. The aerobics and water aerobics schedules, as well as the Casual Care Nursery and Youth Wellness Room hours, are listed on the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManchesterRecComplex.

Manchester's Recreation Complex asks visitors to maintain social distancing while using the facilities, call the front desk at 931-728-0273 to reserve activity times, and check the complex's social media pages for up-to-date changes.

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