RAWLINS – Add the Rawlins Aquatics Center to the list of public facilities that have reopened following a nearly two-month-long closure. Before you grab your swimsuits and pool noodles, though, keep in mind the pool has opened but with plenty of social distancing protocols in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff amid novel coronavirus concerns.

During the roughly eight weeks the facilities were closed to the public, they were thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The RAC staff cleaned all hard surfaces, pool decks, locker rooms, restrooms, entrances and exits. Additionally, the pools were drained and deep cleaned, a painstaking process because of hard water build-up that is common in Rawlins. RAC staff used pumice stones and cleaned the empty pools by hand, a process that took roughly three weeks.

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