MANSFIELD — The swimming pool here had a good turnout for opening day Monday, June 29.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, there was concern about whether the pool would open. During the June Mansfield borough council meeting, the council discussed the logistics of opening the pool under current safety guidelines.

Tioga County can currently allow 90 people in the pool at one time. Based on statistics from previous years, the borough determined that the Mansfield pool could stay below the 90 person limit.

While the number of swimmers was one issue, another facet of reopening involved maintaining a clean environment that minimized potential spread of the disease.

Pool manager Tasha Newton and the staff at the pool clean the restrooms every hour. Prior to opening, the staff was instructed on proper safety protocol and cleanliness.

Also, the pool looked to Blossburg and Wellsboro to streamline their opening with the procedures in place at those area swimming pools.

Borough staff helped ensure the pool was clean and ready to go for opening day.

As swimmers took to the water, lifeguards, like recent Mansfield graduate Seth Nelson, kept watch to keep everyone safe.

“I used to come her was a kid, and you always had the lifeguards and you looked up to them. They always kept it safe,” Nelson said, who is in his third summer as a lifeguard at the pool.

Nelson talked about the work that goes into being a lifeguard, from CPR training, water rescues and first aid. Nelson said as a lifeguard he always needs to be ready for anything.

With the shortened swim season, pool rates were decreased for this season.

Rates for season passes are: family $85, individual adult $45, individual student $35. Daily rates are adults $3, student/preschool $2, non-swimmers are free.

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