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  • Closure of Paul Nelson Aquatic Center

    NEWS RELEASE
    December 30, 2020
    Closure of Paul Nelson Aquatic Center 


    Due to increased Coronavirus-19 cases identified at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center, the City of Santa Maria will close the Center effective at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30th (today), to protect the staff and public from exposure. 

    About 20 percent of the lifeguard staff at the Center have either tested positive or have been exposed to others that have tested positive for this coronavirus. All City departments continue to follow County Public Health Department protocols during the pandemic.

    “We are required by the County Health Order and the City’s Safety Plan to close the Center, until at least January 14th, the quarantine period date,” stated Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services Manager.

    “It could be imperative for a lifeguard to provide lifesaving maneuvers, which include close or physical contact. Spreading the virus to/from our patrons is a risk we must avoid,” Smitherman said. “We need our community and staff to be safe. We thank them for their understanding and cooperation as we navigate the impacts of this pandemic.” 

    The Paul Nelson Aquatic Center reopened in July after a major renovation, and a temporary closure due to budget constraints and to meet COVID-19 safety protocols.  Since July, the Center has been open for limited lap swimming, fitness classes and Santa Maria Swim Club use. Approximately 100 people per day use the Center’s pool.

    Staff will re-evaluate the pool closure and make recommendations for re-opening on January 14, 2021. The Center is located at 600 South McClelland Street.

    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Manager, at (805) 925-0951 extension 2263.