With Home-Built Lane Shields, Alaskan Club Back in Water and Safely Fighting Covid-19

Lane Shields - COVID-19
Photo Courtesy: Northern Lights Swim Club

When Northern Lights Swim Club plotted a path back to the water during the coronavirus pandemic, it didn’t have to look far for resources.

Meet director Jodi McLaughlin surveyed the membership of the club, based out of the University of Alaska Anchorage, and found most of the experts she needed: Doctors, lawyers, experts in health and safety. And when that committee they assembled put forth its recommendation for a solution requiring an engineer, McLaughlin needed to look only as far as her husband, Sean.

“We wanted to be really proactive with our government here because our cases are low,” Jodi, who also serves as Alaska Swimming LSC’s secretary, told Swimming World Monday. “We wanted to show them that we took it seriously and wanted to get back in the water safely. We asked our coaches to establish a committee and they did. In some of their brainstorming, they proposed a shield idea, and I knew that my husband is an engineer and he’d be able to execute it.”

After a run to the hardware store and a weekend tooling in the garage, the club is implementing an elegant solution: Plexiglas shields at the end of each lane, a social-distancing aid that will help Northern Lights and other Alaskan clubs get in the water this week.


Photo Courtesy: Northern Lights Swim Club

The shields are simple in design, costing about $45 each. They sit over the lane lines at either end of Northern Lights’ six-lane pool, providing a barrier between swimmers stopped at the wall to reduce the exchange of respiratory droplets. The center of mass hovers over the wooden L-shaped anchor on deck, stabilizing the four-foot-by-two-foot shield. A foam bumper lessens the sting of a wide arm swing into the edge. And the clear glass allows swimmers to see each other and feel united even from behind an extra layer of social distancing.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through properly treated water, one area of vulnerability at pools and aquatic facilities is, presumably, when swimmers stop at the wall and breathe, particularly when doing so heavily mid-workout. Instead of exhaling underwater, the lane shields maintain a physical barrier.

The solution is uniquely Alaskan in its execution, a product of what Jodi calls a “do-it-yourself mindset.”

“It’s all local stuff that we can put together in the garage, get them on deck and get kids in the water,” said Sean McLaughlin, who is also a USA Swimming meet referee.

Alaska is one of the states least affected by COVID-19. The disease’s progress inspired Gov. Mike Dunleavy last Friday to advance to Phase Two of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan, which includes 25 percent capacity for fitness centers and 50 percent capacity for swimming pools.

While Northern Lights Swim Club isn’t ramping up that fast yet (it has more than 100 members) or to realizing USA Swimming’s schematics for large groups. Instead, it will start Tuesday at one swimmer per lane. It will prioritize older swimmers to test out procedures, which include health pre-screening, closed locker rooms, the requirement to arrive in suit, enhanced sanitation and one-way entry and exit.

Between the new procedures and the lane shields, it’s a lot of change. But it’s worth it to get kids back in the water, the McLaughlins believe.

“Coaches understand it’s a lot of work getting the kids back in the water,” Sean said. “But it’s about getting the kids back in the water. The coaches are super excited and the kids are super excited. And I think with the barriers put in place, the shields, I think we’re in the water weeks ahead of where we would be without them.”

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    • Cyrus Boyum Crews

      Drew Jones Intense… I saw in lane gear bags as well to allow a return to home location in a lane with more than 2 swimmers. No swimmers congregate at the wall.

    • Drew Jones

      Cyrus Boyum Crews Crazy times indeed. Aram joined the meeting just after you and I left. I spoke with him and we both agreed he and I are going to have to make road trip to visit you sometime in the future. Right Aram Nalbandyan?

  1. Doug Schack

    But can the girl swim with a wedgie again?

  2. Shalan Elizabeth Neal

    I’m done with the internet. People can’t be this dumb, right? And that’s coming from a swimmer. ??‍♀️

  3. Kate Dunne

    Stupid! Chlorine and bleach kill it! Waste of time!

    • avatar
      swim parent

      It’s too bad that in order to survive a business must jump through hoops to prove they can do it safely, even if it’s barely a risk at all. Agree Chlorine kills it. Clubs are doing what it takes to get back to business, and that means they have to respect the risk and show they are serious and committed to being part of the solution.

      • avatar


  4. Ness Mc

    Is this group totally out of touch with reality??

    • avatar
      swim parent

      Whatever it takes to get back to business.

    • avatar
      Caryn Faignant

      Not at all. But, after being out of the pool for 2 months, you do what you have to do to be able to swim again. It’s temporary. If it gets us in the water several weeks earlier, it’s worth it.

  5. Lynette Holroyd

    Bit I thought chlorine kills the virus so being in the water is fine, it is what happens from pool to changing facilities that would cause an issue? Or are swimmers leaving the pool to change one at a time/

    • Jacquelyn Marie

      Lynette Holroyd it doesn’t kill it when they exhale above water. It only kills it on surfaces it lands.

    • Danny Gassaway

      Lynette Holroyd It’s an issue breathing near another swimmer or being on deck

    • avatar
      Caryn Faignant

      The locker rooms are not going to be available. The swimmers have to come with their suits on under their clothes/parka.

  6. Bill Curlee

    We have reached peak absurdity.

    • Lorlee Engler

      Bill Curlee , just when you think we have hit rock bottom, we start to dig!

    • avatar
      swim parent

      What would you suggest? Just stay home and let the business die and not help the kids get back to what they love? Nobody wants to have to build something like this, but the clubs who want to survive will roll up their sleeves and work to get their government to allow them in.

    • avatar
      swim parent

      What would you suggest a business do? lay down and die?

  7. avatar

    This is story shows that Alaska swimming is attempting to keep their kids and coaches safe. But is it really able to? If a kid has Covid or their parent that dropped them off has it and either is asymptomatic will the glass shield really prevent droplets of airborne mist from being inhaled by someone else? Just today there was one new case of cover in Anchorage. The person is either in their teens or their thirties. ( there was another case in Juneau ). Does Anchorage do intensive testing or contact tracing? I think so far they have tested 26,000 total. Which means no. So…. anything could be happening with that person who came down with Covid spreading it. The whole endeavor seems pretty low risk given the tiny number of cover cases in Alaska. But is risking weeks of pneumonia, isolation, infection of friends and family worth getting back in the pool earlier? Is this really executing safety? Not my call to make. Not my kids. Hopefully it will work out well. I don’t want to see this swimming herd get thinned down.

    • avatar

      Anchorage does intensive contact tracing . Most contacts are traced within 2 hours of a positive case.
      NLSC is the biggest club in the state- good for them In trying to get kids back swimming –

  8. Steve Cox

    This is the dumbest thing I have seen in awhile. Ridiculous.

  9. Celeste Lind

    Whatever you have to do for the city to let you in the water I suppose

  10. Paul Mahar

    Swimming World must be hurting for a story! I’m guessing the author wasn’t a swimmer. Plus what about the other 5 kids in the same lane! Can we stop posting this garbage! There’s no way a club can survive with 6 to 12 people in the water per practice!

    • Chris Swee

      Paul Mahar there aren’t 5 other kids in the water. They’re limiting it to one kid per lane to start, prioritizing older kids and combining it with other social distancing protocols.

      I get what you’re saying, but if the choice is just a few kids in the pool at a time or no kids in the pool…

    • Paul Mahar

      Chris Swee I get it but there’s no way a club can financially survive on 6 kids in the water. Plus, picking and choosing opens up so many other problems. We have relationships with our famlies. Clubs with 150 or more…it would be chaos!

      • avatar
        swim parent

        Chris, you are right, clubs can’t do 6 kids for long, but at least they can get 42 of the oldest in now–and when you consider siblings share a lane, several more. In 2 weeks, with Anchorage’s 380 cases TOTAL statewide since March 1, with every single one contact traced, we can perhaps expand with our good record. We have 70 active cases in the state. 10 have died. 38 have been to the hospital. YET, our entire economy and state was shut down. Are you saying the club should just stay home and die? Don’t Try to survive? Maybe a club business can build credibility doing things differently and safely and should get out there and TRY?

    • Chris Swee

      Paul Mahar a club doesn’t exist with 0 kids in the water. They have to start somewhere.

      I don’t think this is the last modification, like everything and everyone else, just trying to feel our way back to as least a restrictive new normal as possible.

      Logistically I think they can pretty quickly get past that 6 in the water. But for me I’d rather start slow and start somewhere.

    • Paul Mahar

      Chris Swee I appreciate the dialogue. We may just live in 2 worlds. In my world coach’s don’t really financially benefit but we get by because of the relationships & experiences surpass the low pay.

      We have 45 plus kids on each high school team. It would break my heart to have to choose. Swimming has already become divided more in the pass 25 years because of socioeconomic status.

      I wish you well my swimming friend.

    • Chris Swee

      Paul Mahar you’ve already chosen by saying zero is better than 6, that’s what I don’t understand. My heart is already broken for those who have lost their season(s). My nephew lost his senior season of track(college). So he’s just done. No next year, no nada.

      But…that’s already done, that bridge has been crossed. Now we have an opportunity to figure out how we get those 45 kids back in the pool. Barring something unexpected on the vaccine front or waiting an obscenely long time, we’re going to have to take the 6 and figure out how to make the next step to 12, 24, 36, and so on.

      That might mean shorter and less frequent practices per athlete until something changes. Back in my competition days I would rather go 6 days a week, but I’d take 3 if the other alternative was keeping dry.

    • Dave Hoover

      You also need to keep in mind that Alaska has been by far the least impacted State in Coronavirus infections/deaths while also having by far the lowest population density in the country too. My 2 sq mile zip code here in Seattle corona virus numbers completely dwarfs the entire State of Alaska’s figures. When would it be ok in your book to try this limited and precautious trial and it not be deemed reckless?

  11. Heiko Fikenzer

    Instead of this shields, it is just necessary that you find the right way for avoid that swimmers stay together while having rest. So find a solution with 6ft space beetween them at this time.

    Check this for example:

    • Julie Tellier

      Heiko Fikenzer USA Swimming created an entire plan for Social Distancing

    • avatar
      swim parent

      Those are pretty neat ideas too for a “new wall” spot mid lane. Clubs will be utilizing this strategy also, not resting at the wall, in order to increase numbers, similar to USAS diagrams.

  12. Dave Fooy

    Come on coach, Paul Mahar get the kids back in the water.

    • Paul Mahar

      Dave Fooy Some people are so above our reality!

    • Dave Fooy

      Paul Mahar as much as I want my kid back swimming there is no way a program as big as yours could do this. Just wishing.

      • avatar
        Heidi Cuticchia

        There are clubs of 200+ swimmers thinking about 1 athlete in each lane for 30 minutes to begin. 20 minutes in between sessions and running all day long. The plan is that every kid gets in once per week with some of the top swimmers getting in more often. These are realistic options that many large programs are thinking about to retain members, require social distancing and begin the not so easy process of getting kids back in the pool. You should check out USA Swimming guidelines. You’ll see the schematics of pools shown and different configurations. Many people are consulting with professionals to come up with these plans.

    • Paul Mahar

      Dave Fooy You know me! I’m broken that I can’t be on the deck with my kiddos! Stories like these give kids false hope. They start questioning why does’nt our coach do this?!!

      This kind of stuff turns into the haves & have nots!

      • avatar
        Swim parent

        That’s too bad and a real concern. No differentiation in the process in AK of haves and have not, but it’s true the coach/owner is taking a huge hit. If you want your business to survive, what else can you do? Hope is everything my friend. What are YOU doing Coach? Don’t give up.

    • Shelbi Gladwell

      only at 20% capacity though. Which for our neighborhood pool (4 lane 25 m) means 13 people in the water at a time

  13. Well that just looks dangerous with corners of plexiglass sticking out in every lane? Ridiculous really

    • Elena McCleary Pomroy

      Karin Knudson O’Connell The design purpose is to protect the swimmers when they are receiving instruction from the coach at the wall. Maybe this wouldn’t be a good solution for little kids that don’t know how to stay away from the lane line, but for seasoned swimmers I don’t see this as a risk at all! My swimmer thinks it is a great solution since the wall is where the social distancing becomes the biggest issue.

    • Lisa Alcorn

      Karin Knudson O’Connell can you also imagine chlorinated air this would cause.. asthmatic would not do well.. perhaps

    • avatar

      It has bumpers

    • avatar
      swim parent

      Did you see the padding like a pool noodle over the end of it? They are fine.

  14. Carlos Lomba

    How about having everyone swim the entire workout wout removing their snorkel, would that help? Would everyone be so responsible as to make sure they keep it on at all times even when resting at the walls? And split the swimmers so that you have half at one end and half at the other end at all times. There’s probably a limit as to this would be posible or able to manage depending on the # of swimmers each respective program has. Just a offering a possible temporary solution.

    • Heather York DiFulvio

      Carlos Lomba How would a snorkel help? It’s not a filter. They are still breathing in shared air in close proximity.

    • Carlos Lomba

      Heather York DiFulvio Ok, considered that would be a possibility but Thxs for clarifying. Not easy finding a solution around this even w/ all that’s been mentioned regarding how chlorine and salt water could work against any further spread of the virus.

    • Heather York DiFulvio

      Carlos Lomba Yes, chlorine will help but only with surfaces. With how close the kids are in the lanes, that’s not the only concern, though. We are all anxious to get our kids back in the water, but facilities have to weigh the risks of opening and teams have to weigh the risk of being able to run in a diminished capacity. There are a lot of decisions and people involved. Even in Mission Viejo, he only had 18 swimmers come in. Out of 1000 or so. So, does everyone pay for it, even if their kids aren’t in? Or do the parents of those who do get to swim pay triple to cover the rental costs? So many moving parts that I’m not sure passionate swim parents are thinking of.

      • avatar
        swim parent

        Studies that show warmth and humidity help aerosols fall directly down…considering their mouths are ON the surface or an inch or two above it most times’ foot above it max, those vicious particles are enveloped in chlorine pretty fast. Or they are outdoor pools, even better.

    • Carlos Lomba

      Heather York DiFulvio Yep. Very difficult decisions ahead regarding opening up a what capacity. Just like some in the restaurant business have said that to be able to maintain their operation only at 100% would be posible, not even at 75%.

      • avatar
        swim parent

        Yes. No doubt…this is not a profitable stance. Only a beginning to build on. What else to do?

  15. Lorlee Engler

    Good to see and hear about pools that are opening!

  16. Tiffany Quisno

    I’m not trying to be a downer here because I want pools to open up as soon as possible for sure! But I’m concerned about the safety of accessing swimmers that need help quick.

    • Lisa Alcorn

      Tiffany Quisno Karin Knudson O’Connell can you also imagine chlorinated air this would cause.. asthmatic would not do well.. perhaps too

    • Colleen Hazlett

      Tiffany Quisno Those shields won’t prevent anyone from getting to a swimmer in distress-they only go a few feet into the lane.

  17. Debbie Terry

    How can you say that “safely fighting Covid-19” ? You don’t know that!

  18. Debbie Alston Janicke

    Heyyyy!!! Alaska!! I’ve worked out in all those pools! The Anchorage high schools have pools. One even has a 50m natatorium! I lived there 30 years. Now back in Texas. Love you guys up there!!! ???

  19. Lori Henninger

    Wow swimmers are lucky I guess. What will happen for water polo players? ??‍♂️

    • avatar
      swim parent

      Gotta start somewhere…first we get in and build a record. Then expand to water joggers, polo etc…as they say, “differently”.

  20. Heidi Ho

    Laurie Ann Brian O’Shea

  21. Kim Ashworth

    Dana Morgan Jaworski – so cool

  22. Julie Tellier

    Fabulous! Let’s get back to practice ASAP!!

  23. Nick Cittadinni

    Wow, the optics of it are GREAT!!! But does it really help?!

    • avatar
      Swim parent


    • Lorlee Engler

      Missy Briel Antolick , I brought up some concerns about this a week or more ago and was vilified for it! Careful what you say or even hint at or you’re made out to be a villain! Lol

  24. Judy Fox

    Missy Kennedy Allen Rodriguez

  25. David Samuelsohn

    They should hurry up and market these throughout the country

  26. Deeanne Stark

    The pool is not a super market! There is a common sense way of doing this. HAVE DUDS AND EQUIPMENT ON BEFORE ENTERING FACILITY, check temp at entrance, safe and REALISTIC age group / #in pool?NO PARENTS , one direction in, one direction out, get out of pool,
    NO PIT STOPS! Go home! ? Days May last longer to accommodate but we can all help each other out. Easier said than done! Recipe is simple. The hard part is making sure everyone does it!
    Small safe steps lead to big safe steps!

  27. Renée Lee

    They forgot swimmers spit water out of their mouths recycled germs ?

    • Leslie Scott

      chlorine kills the virus
      Airborne is the concern

    • Kimberly Joy

      Leslie Scott The virus is not airborne and never has been. An airborne virus survives in the air indefinitely and searches and seeks its next victim. This virus does not do that. That is why we have the 6′ rule, because the virus only survives on droplets expelled from a person’s breath or nose. Those droplets then typically fall to a surface within 6′, and the only way you catch it is if you touched those germs and then touch your face.

      • avatar
        Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

        The official advice of experts recommends airborne precautions (this would be pertinent if physical distancing in pools is not observed, while, as you note, the bigger threat, is poolside habits, like myriad bottles and asthma sprays and kit at the end of lanes etc etc… requiring controlled conditions, which is what many in this thread are asking for). The WHO, CDC, U.S. and Europe etc… advice: “In the context of COVID-19, airborne transmission may be possible in specific circumstances and settings in which procedures or support treatments that generate aerosols are performed; i.e., endotracheal intubation, bronchoscopy, open suctioning, administration of nebulized treatment, manual ventilation before intubation, turning the patient to the prone position, disconnecting the patient from the ventilator, non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation, tracheostomy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

        “Based on the available evidence, including the recent publications mentioned above, WHO continues to recommend droplet and contact precautions for those people caring for COVID-19 patients. WHO continues to recommend airborne precautions for circumstances and settings in which aerosol generating procedures and support treatment are performed, according to risk assessment.13 These recommendations are consistent with other national and international guidelines, including those developed by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and Society of Critical Care Medicine14 and those currently used in Australia, Canada, and United Kingdom.15-17

        “At the same time, other countries and organizations, including the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, recommend airborne precautions for any situation involving the care of COVID-19 patients, and consider the use of medical masks as an acceptable option in case of shortages of respirators (N95, FFP2 or FFP3).18-19”

  28. Laura Ahart

    Neat idea, but must be a small team. No sharing of lanes.

    • Jason Barnard

      Laura Ahart they are in Alaska. How big do you think the team is?! Lol!!!

    • Laura Ahart

      Jason Barnard the article said 100+. Definitely smaller team. Poor coach will still be there all day if only 6 at a time.

    • Sarah Speers Murray

      Laura Ahart the coaches are going to put in 12 hours days to get the kids in the water

    • Laura Ahart

      Sarah Speers Murray at least!

    • Sarah Speers Murray

      Laura Ahart my husband is the head coach. So I know how long they will be there.

    • Laura Ahart

      Sarah Speers Murray haha! Tell your husband Thank you!! My daughters team started back on Monday and they have practices scheduled from 6am-9pm. We are lucky to have 2 pools and can run with 9 in each pool.

    • Sarah Speers Murray

      Laura Ahart thank you I will tell him. We have the biggest team in Alaska and are trying to help everyone up here open the pools. It’s crazy. Good luck and welcome back to the pool

    • Nicole Ervin Amare

      Sarah Speers Murray please tell your husband thank you. We have a coach here doing the same thing–tiny groups in shorter practices all day long–and he is there 14-15 hours a day (practice but also chemical maintenance, etc.). We are all so grateful for coaches like him and your husband.

  29. Chlorine kills a lot, it will kill the Rona. Swimming should be the first sport to open.

    • John Mcleod

      Courtney Crist-Pribonic the Rona isn’t airborne?

    • Brian Albright

      There is not actually any evidence that chlorine kills the virus. The cdc site refers you to info about other viruses that chlorine kills. To be fair, there isn’t evidence that the virus isn’t killed by chlorine. But to assume it does isn’t based on any factual evidence so far.

    • Kimberly Joy

      John Mcleod The virus is not and never has been airborne. Being airborne means the virus survives in air, and searches for its next victim. That has never happened. The virus only gets expelled if someone who is infected cops out or sneezes out droplets and those droplets dropped to a surface, which you then touch, and then touch your face. Or if an infected person coughs directly in your face. People need to understand the difference between airborne and what this virus does.

      This is all absurd

    • John Mcleod

      Kimberly Joy apologies, it is aerosolized. Which saying “chlorine kills it” creates a moot point if it survives that way. from my understanding chlorine inactivates the virus but doesn’t kill it immediately.

  30. Trent McNicol

    Also kinda forgot they breath all the way down the lane.

    • Jo Ann Porter

      The exhale for every stroke but backstroke occurs underwater

      • avatar
        Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

        True, though we all know there’s also a fair bit of coughing, spluttering etc; all of which requires awareness in conditions where water can be aerosolised, a status that comes with caution; among reasons why physical distancing and controlled conditions in pools are important.

    • avatar
      Swim parent

      Experienced Com
      Swimmers do all of their exhaling INto the water my friend. Until they stop at the wall.

  31. avatar
    Joe doe

    PSA they aren’t open. It’s incredible that they post this when the pool isn’t open and the team involved isn’t practicing now. Good use of advertising for a club that cares more about money than their swimmers??‍♂️

    • avatar
      Swim parent

      That is hilarious. Money? Sir, there will no money beyond expenses, money won’t even match expenses, for a very long time. This is about retaining membership so maybe next year the coaches can relax about paying their mortgage, but more than that, it’s about the KIDS. I don’t know what state you live in but here, the governor and the mayor don’t always take the exact same approach. The governor opened the state to phase 2 FRIDAY, specifically listing pools and thanking this group for proactive thoughtful plans. The Mayor was to open Monday. Sometimes there are delays. This club was disappointed to push to Tuesday, and then crestfallen to have to cancel 40 Kids’ reservations. Things changed after the interview—ya know, it’s a pandemic. You will be thrilled to learn we DO begin 6am, Wednesday, May 13!

    • avatar

      My kids swim today with this team. I’m proud of all the selfless work this team has put into getting kids back into the pool. This team cares about kids inside and outside the pool. Thank you for all of your work for this team and all of Alaska swimming.

    • avatar
      Coach Cliff

      You know nothing Joe Doe.

  32. Elena Nannoshi

    Instead of fighting for our freedom to swim and teach, we are settling on that? Wow people.

  33. Kimberly Joy

    Are you freaking kidding me with this BS? O you people are insane

  34. avatar
    Community Swimmer

    Anchorage pools are opening up and this is NOT mandated. All pools are on schedule to open at the same time with limited capacity for teams and lap swim only. Teams are to provide and good social distancing plan many that will mimic ideas from USA swimming. Lessons and open swim will be later due to the nature of distancing that takes place during those events.

  35. Elita Ayre

    Challenging for the lifeguards in an emergency

    • Erik Lebsack

      Elita Ayre they aren’t fastened down number one and number two at what swim team practice have you ever seen a life guard do anything other than say don’t run? I’ve never seen it and I’ve been swimming coaching or watching my kids for 30 years, but on the off chance they need to spring into action they can kick it out of the way

    • Jonathan Fauth

      Erik Lebsack I’ve seen a lifeguard have to jump in at a high level USA swimming meet, but okay.

  36. Carolyn Cairns

    This is a good start but I’m wondering about facilities and changing rooms?

    • Michael Pollock

      Carolyn Cairns You have a good point. Unfortunately, true.

    • Kathy Brown

      Carolyn Cairns my kids swim at another club in Alaska – they go to practice with suits on and home with suits on –

    • Jenny Carrera

      Carolyn Cairns I think we will have to make sure to keep distant in the facilities

    • Dave Johnson

      Carolyn Cairns in my state, locker rooms are not available.

    • Carolyn Cairns

      Dave Johnson I’m from Scotland and very soon we will have to figure out how to get our swimming club kids back in the pool safely. We have a lot of kids of all ages and the changing facilities will a the head ache as before it would be busy with the parents for the younger kids

    • Dave Johnson

      Carolyn Cairns agree. Our pools open June 1st, for competitive practice, but with a lot of restrictions. No locker room access being one.

    • Carolyn Cairns most are not allowing changing in locker rooms – must arrive/depart in swimsuit. Encouraging bathroom use before/after practice. One bathroom and it must be cleaned between uses. This will screw the kids who take the 15-20 minute “bathroom” break ?
      Not sure how this bathroom situation though is any different than a gas station, restaurant or business. Wash your hands and open door with a paper towel.

  37. Sandy Riddell Wagner

    Because we all know the air they exhale will stay in the lanes. Not.

  38. Rick Parker

    Enough of this ridiculous crap. If anyone is going to get coronavirus, it’s not extremely fit young people swimming in disinfectant. ?

    • Spencer Royer

      Jaclyn Kile all sorts of creativity. We will be back soon.

  39. Stephen Magee

    I find this a bit ludicrous. You swim in shared pool.

  40. Bob Hammond

    This is stupid No need for this