High school swim teams argue for eased pool restrictions
Nov 25, 2020, 4:21 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Members of high school swim teams are hoping the Salt Lake County mayor’s office will ease pool restrictions at county-owned facilities so they can practice again.
Dr. Curtis Andrews, a physician at Copper View Medical Center, pointed out other teams can practice in on-campus pools or at privately-owned facilities. To him, having the recreation centers open but unavailable to high school swim teams represents a double standard.
“If they’re worried about increased caseloads, then the community should shut down the rec centers, not take a group and tell them they can’t use the rec center,” Andrews said.
Currently, Salt Lake County does not allow any extracurricular activities at its county-run facilities, which include pool use at recreation centers. Andrews believes the order does not make sense.
“You know, they want to be with their colleagues. They want to be with their peers, they want to practice their sports just like all the other students are doing,” he said. “So, it’s frustrating, for sure.”
Andrews argues no national studies or reports indicate swimming increases the transmission of COVID-19.
In a statement, Mayor Jenny Wilson’s office said the county will consider easing pool restrictions for high school swim teams once case counts start to go back down. As of Wednesday, Salt Lake County continued to have one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the state.
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