State park pools to remain closed this summer

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Posted at 2:47 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 15:47:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee State Parks officials announced all public swimming pools at state parks will be closed at the 2020 season in order to keep people from gathering in large groups.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no evidence that the new Coronavirus is transmitted through water.

However, in the announcement parks officials say COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools. Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing. The very nature of lifeguarding requires close contact with pool users and creates potential for unnecessary risk in life saving situations."

They went on to say "We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen pool facilities for your enjoyment."

Other water-based recreation will still be available at certain parks. Pools at the following locations will be closed:

  • Cove Lake
  • Cumberland Mountain
  • David Crockett
  • David Crockett Birthplace
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • Henry Horton
  • Norris Dam
  • Panther Creek
  • Paris Landing
  • Roan Mountain
  • Standing Stone
  • T.O. Fuller
  • Warriors’ Path