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Middletown Swim Club says it won't open this year, even with Dauphin County in green phase

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2020 could be an awfully dry summer for a lot of folks in the Middletown area, thanks to the coronavirus.

Middletown Swim Club announced in a June 7 email to members that the club will not open in 2020.

Middletown Borough Council on May 5 decided that the borough pool on South Union Street would not open this season, also because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and their effect on revenue.

The club on North Union Street across from Middletown Area High School had hoped to open by June 13.

A survey by the club of its members indicated that 30 percent of the members had health and safety concerns about the club opening this year, even if Dauphin County advances to the more lenient green phase of coronavirus restrictions as mandated by Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf on June 12 announced that Dauphin County is entering the green phase on Friday, June 19.

“We can’t afford to not see 30 percent of you there and bank blindly on new memberships coming in,” the board of directors told club members in the email.

Besides the considerable challenge posed by the coronavirus limitations, the club also discovered that a well pump needs an overhaul and the timeline to fix it “would shorten an already tough season.”

The virus would require the club to purchase personal protective equipment and add staff as the pool would face the prospect of less revenue from people staying away because of the virus.

“If we did open but didn’t see similar revenue coming in, it would cripple or bankrupt the organization and therefore, we wouldn’t be able to open next year or ever again,” the board told members. 

The board vote to keep the pool closed this year was 7-1.