Panama City Beach Aquatic Center open for business

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many people are still making a splash at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center, while others are concerned about the safety of getting into a pool among COVID-19 concerns.

The Panama City Beach Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (WJHG/WECP)

We spoke with Panama City Beach City Manager Tony O’Rourke who tells us in the governors executive order it defines essential services and activities, with swimming being one of them.

O’Rourke tells us information from the CDC says that there is no evidence the virus spreads in pools or hot tubs due to chemicals used to keep them clean.

But he says the key to coming to the pool and staying safe is by practicing social distancing.

"As long as it's done again, consistent with social distancing, they're not coughing, they're not ill, and so far we're able to do that and we'll see how this epidemic proceeds but we're hoping that these outlets will still be made available because again, people are under enormous stress,” said O’Rourke.

To enforce social distancing in the pool, no more than one person is allowed in a lane at a time.

The pools hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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