Don't let the summer go by without taking a dip in Plano's first facility to be awarded the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard Label - Jack Carter Pool
. The label demonstrates the City has addressed risks specific to pool operations and met strict hygiene standards.
After the COVID-19 pandemic began, we made these operational changes to protect you and our employees with safety and hygiene at the pool:
- Patrons must wear masks at entry to facility. They can take off masks as they get to their swimming areas.
- Groups are limited to 6 people. If in the same family, the maximum is 10 people.
- Loungers and picnic tables are spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart.
- Staff wear masks as they serve customers.
- Staff is assigned specific disinfecting tasks during the cleaning period between sessions as well as during visiting hours. This is checked by the site supervisor/manager.
- Staff disinfects all equipment on loan to patrons during their visit.
- Social distancing markings and signage are installed throughout the facility.
- Hand sanitizers are available on site to promote safe hygiene.
- Touchless payment is encouraged.
- Signage posted throughout facility promotes safe hygiene practices.
- Capacity is reduced to 25% of normal visitor load.
The certification of Jack Carter Pool is only the beginning. The contractor is testing, inspecting and certifying nine other City sites. Next in line are Haggard Library and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center. Other facilities to be inspected are Plano Municipal Center, Police Headquarters, Fire Administration, Fire Station 1, Municipal Courts, Sam Johnson Recreation Center, Public Works and Heritage Yards.
Plano is the first U.S. city to go through this rigorous process. “The bottom line is we want to ensure that our residents and employees feel safe,” said Rachel Patterson, director of Environmental Health and Sustainability. “The third-party inspection process should enhance confidence in the safety and health of our public facilities.”