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Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center - 1603 22nd Street - Anacortes, WA 98221
Dear FPFC Patron:
Over the past week, I have received a number of inquiries about our operation, response to the virus, and future action. In no particular order, please find below several of specifics:
1. How have our sanitizing procedures been enhanced?
In addition to the nightly deep-clean done by our custodial staff, we have implemented a number of intra-day cleanings in our lobby, fitness area, locker rooms and pool deck. In the lobby area, the cashiers are wiping down surfaces, door handles, and chairs on an hourly basis. The phone is wiped after every use. In the upstairs fitness area, the mats and tubes are cleaned on a daily basis. We have directed instructors to ensure that all users wipe their own equipment after use and prior to storage. In the locker rooms and pool deck, life guards are assigned to wipe surfaces, handles and bars every shift. In the gym, we continue to ask users to wipe equipment after use, with the sanitizing wipes provided in the silver containers. Finally, we have a number of courtesy yoga mats that we loan out to patrons who forget to bring their own. Effective Monday, we will be requiring patron-personal mats and discarding the communal mats.
2. How safe is the pool? Can the virus spread through chlorinated water?
Per the CDC: “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (i.e. with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
3. Have employees experienced health issues?
We have directed our employees to stay at home if they are ill. To-date, we have experienced a normal level of absenteeism for seasonal flu season, with few employees falling ill. For the most part, our work force is young and healthy. All employees accrue sick pay, which they may use as needed.
4. County Health has recommended against gatherings of ten or more people. How has that affected FPFC?
The only affected area for an organized gathering over ten people is in the upstairs exercise facility. Almost all of the classes offered fall under that threshold. There are four classes with potentially more, all of which have seen attendance drop significantly over the past week. We will continue to monitor these classes and adjust offerings as needed.
At this time, we have no plans to close our facility. As noted previously, however, this is an evolving issue which may quickly change. We will continue to follow County and State guidelines and I will keep you updated through this space and the other communications media we employ.
Any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you for your continued support!
The District has a 25 meter x 25 yard 280,000 gallon pool. The water is treated with an ultraviolet system–chlorine usage is minimal and prevention from water-borne illnesses is optimal. The average temperature of the water is 83 degrees. Lap swimming, personal and group aqua fitness and recreational swimming are all part of our programming. Extras include a water slide, one-meter diving board, Wibit course, aqua fitness equipment and more!
The District’s fitness center offers a variety of group fitness classes for every age and ability. Precor strength training equipment, free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers, a recumbent bike, an upright bike and more are available for your workout needs. We offer SilverSneakers®, Tivity Prime®, Silver & Fit®, Fitness Coach®, Optum At Your Best® and Optum Renew Active® for eligible adults through their health insurance plan.
Hours of Operation: The Pool & Fitness Center is open 5 AM – 8 PM Monday – Friday. On Saturday, the Fitness Center is open 7AM – 5PM; the pool is open 7 AM – 3 PM. On Sunday, the Fitness Center is open 10AM – 5PM; the Pool is open 11AM – 3:00 PM. See our written and visual schedules for specific programming available throughout the day. The Facility is closed for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (close at noon), Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve (close at noon).
***NOTICE TO PATRONS*** Anacortes School District 3rd Grade Lessons have started for 2019-2020!
We will be teaching our youth M/T/TH each week from 1:30-3:05pm. through April 16th, 2020.
Please be advised that we will have small groups in part of the shallow end, slide area and occasionally a lane.
Welcome 3rd Grade!