Queens public pools to open this summer

A snow covered pool is seen with a blue building behind it on an overcast winter day in Nova Scotia
Once the snow melts, residents can look forward to a summer of swimming at the Milton and North Queens municipal pools. Photo by Ed Halverson.
Ed Halverson - QCCR - LiverpoolNS | 10-03-2021

The Region of Queens is reopening pools this summer and are looking for staff.

The Milton Centennial and North Queens Aquatic Centre were closed last year as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Meaghan Roberts, director of recreation and healthy communities, says both facilities staff and the public now understand how to safely operate and make use of recreation facilities during a pandemic.

“Obviously the protocols that get put out by public health and the provincial government, we’re all required to follow them in everything that we do,” said Roberts. I think they’re a little bit more clear now, a year into COVID, what the expectations are.”

Roberts says they won’t need to go through public health to get approval for their plan as Queens has the benefit of being able to learn how other pools operated last summer and apply that to their opening.

Another reason why the Queens public pools didn’t open last year was the impact of COVID-19 on the ability to train incoming lifeguards and staff.

Roberts says as the pandemic has gone on, protocols have been established to allow that training to happen and she expects there will be no problem in finding trained staff to fill the necessary roles.

“They did end up getting their certifications and so, things have happened this year, it’s just everything is happening just a little bit differently. It might be less participants in courses and how they learn their skills and whatnot, because of COVID has changed, but they have run in various forms,” said Roberts.

Applications for the summer pool position are available on the Region of Queens jobs page, or click here.

Roberts says the region is still finalizing their pool re-opening plan, but residents can be confident staff will be ready to welcome swimmers this summer.

“You just cross your fingers and hope for the best. You know, COVID is here and we have to live with it and it’s just finding out ways that you can operate safely because safety, obviously, is our number one priority,” said Roberts. “We would never open if it wasn’t going to be safe.”

Reported by Ed Halverson 
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