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As North Carolina begins phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 plan under Executive Order 141, the city announced today the opening of the Aquatic Center in a limited capacity starting Wednesday. 

“I am pleased that the governor has included pools and splash pads in his phase 2 reopening of facilities,” Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Director John Simeon said this afternoon. “Although these are very strict guidelines, the public has the opportunity to use the Aquatic Center for wellness and recreational opportunities.”

He said staff will be devising a plan next week to put procedures in place for the opening of the splash at Chaloner Recreation Center.

With guidelines set forth by the executive order, the facility will be open under the following modifications: 

One lap swimmer per lane with a one hour limit per visit

No more than 25 patrons in the pool during open swim times

No more than 15 patrons and one instructor during fitness classes

Emergency maximum occupancy 40

Maximum pool occupancy 25

With these modifications and limited capacity, the city asks users to call to reserve a lane or a spot in the fitness classes to ensure your time to swim and reduce wait time. 

Open swim times will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Appropriate signage will be posted with modifications and hours of operation throughout the Aquatic Center.

Staff will conduct daily symptom screenings of workers and perform frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection. 

Remember to practice social distancing at all times, the department said.

The Aquatic Center will be operating on a modified schedule, different from normal operation hours. 

Schedule is as follows:

Monday and Wednesday

Lap Swim: 5:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aquacise Classes: 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Arthritis Class: Noon

Tuesday and Thursday

Lap Swim: 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

Open Swim 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aquacise Class: 4 p.m.


Lap Swim: 5:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aquacise Classes: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Arthritis Class: Noon


Lap Swim: 1p.m. to 2 p.m.

Open Swim: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact the Aquatic Center at 252-533-2847 ext. 1 to schedule a time and with any questions or concerns.  

“The safety of our patrons and staff are of the utmost importance,” the recreation department said in the announcement. “Thank you for your understanding as we work through this process together to provide swimming opportunities to our community in compliance with regulations and with safety as our main priority. 

“Schedules and openings are subject to change with any changes from the governor or local authorities, as well as any changes necessary to make this a smooth process for patrons and staff.”