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Cedar Rapids says it's keeping all of its pools closed this summer, and its neighbor in Marion says it will do the same with its municipal city pool.

It's an example of how just because something is allowed to open under Governor Kim Reynolds' guidelines doesn't mean it will, as swimming pools were given the partial go-ahead, with tight social distancing restrictions to open as of May 22. Pools can open for lap swimming and lessons only. Any other facilities, according to Iowa's News Now, that only provide regular swimming, spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, spray pads, and bathhouses are not allowed to open yet.

Like Cedar Rapids, Marion couldn't find a way they saw fit to safely open their swimming pool at all, even within those social distancing restrictions.

Marion Parks & Recreation Director Mike Carolan said the department deemed it the best and safest decision to avoid confusion. Also, the fact that Cedar Rapids and other area pools are staying closed, limiting capacity seemed even more challenging. So Marion will also stay closed. Carolan said "this was not an easy decision as we pride ourselves on providing excellent recreational opportunities to residents. But with the health and well-being of our patrons and staff at the forefront, we believe this is the most responsible course of action."

They look to potentially open the splash pads in town and will be forthcoming with that information soon.

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