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Everybody into the pool
With COVID restrictions in place, Gilley Pool didn’t enjoy robust attendance last year.

McMinnville’s Gilley Pool is returning to its pre-COVID status.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen offered zero resistance to lifting all COVID restrictions at the pool placed in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

“I’m here asking you how you want us to proceed,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Scott McCord. “We will keep cleaning and everything recommended by the CDC. Would you like us to restrict the number? Right now, maximum occupancy is 800 people.”

The pool traditionally opens on Memorial Day weekend. 

“We’re getting phone calls every day asking about the status of the pool this summer,” said McCord. 

Gov. Bill Lee announced this week the end of statewide public health recommendations such as wearing a facemask in public. 

“This puts the burden on the individual. They get to decide,” said Alderman Zach Sutton, regarding social distancing, wearing of facemasks, dining out and using recreational facilities such as Gilley Pool.

Alderman Steve Harvey stated, “I see no reason to place restrictions. At some point, we have to stop.”

No vote was taken. 

“I don’t think action needs to be taken by the board,” said Mayor Ryle Chastain. “We’ll open and revisit this later if something comes up.”

Gilley Pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.