(WVLT) - Tennessee State Parks announced all state swimming pools will close this summer as a precaution against mass gatherings during the pandemic.
The closures will impact the following public pools for Summer of 2020:
•David Crockett Birthplace
•Fall Creek Falls
According to tnstateparks.com, the decision was made to keep pools closed "in the interest of public health and staff safety".
"COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools," a park officials wrote in a statement. "Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing. The very nature of life-guarding requires close contact with pool users and creates potential for unnecessary risk in life-saving situations. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen pool facilities for your enjoyment."
In addition to closures related to COVID-19, the following pools were scheduled for closure during the 2020 season due to maintenance projects:
•Cedars of Lebanon
•Booker T. Washington
Water activities like boating, fishing and paddling will still be available to visitors this summer.
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