Construction crews continue to work on the new pool May 1 in Cascade.

While Gov. Kim Reynolds recently gave the go-ahead for swimming pools to open across Iowa in a limited capacity for lap swimming and swim lessons, pool patrons will not have the go-ahead to begin using the new Cascade city pool just yet.

The governor’s proclamation, which took effect May 22, did not automatically signal the re-opening of all pools across the state, as pools choosing to open must take reasonable measures to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The new pool in Cascade did not open Friday, but not because of any inability to ensure the health and safety of swimmers. It’s just that the pool was not quite ready to be opened, and in a way befitting such a triumph of community spirit.

“It is substantially completed and must yet be inspected by the Iowa Department of Public Health, so it can’t open yet,” said Deanna McCusker, city administrator.

The Pool Committee met May 21 to discuss when the grand opening of the pool might be celebrated. “We want to thank the community for coming together to realize the vision for a new community pool. We are all beyond excited for everyone to visit it,” McCusker said. “The opening date is still unknown at this time, but we are watching closely for when the governor will allow swimming pools to be open to the public. As soon as an opening date has been determined we will let the public know. Thank you again to everyone who supported the project.”