ROGUE VALLEY, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority is lifting Covid-19 restrictions that caused capacity limits for public pools, malls, and movie theatres as Oregon is experiencing a record breaking heat wave.
The Rogue Valley YMCA in Medford says it's happy to open it's doors to more people and loosen capacity limits, as is the Grants Pass Family YMCA, which has seen between 700-800 people daily since restrictions lifted.
CEO for the Grants Pass Family YMCA, Matt Lund says staffing continues to be a concern, potentially leading to the need to revert to smaller capacities for pools.
The CEO for the Rogue Valley YMCA, Brad Russell says the facility has been able to hold onto it's staff throughout the pandemic but is open to hiring more staff and volunteers to support activities.
An ongoing chlorine shortage is impacting both facilities. The YMCA in Grants Pass has access to two pools, an outdoor chlorine pool and an indoor saline pool. If it can not get enough chlorine supply, the outdoor pool could close. Rogue Valley YMCA says it has stocked up on chemicals but is unsure how long it will last.