Opening of Myers Pool in Winooski delayed; biking on the rise during pandemic

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The Onion City will have to wait a bit longer for the Myers Pool to re-open.

The COVID-19 pandemic put the long-awaited construction project at the pool, which closed in 2016, on hold for a few weeks because it was deemed non-essential.

“We are still trying to figure out what this means for the timeline and what that’s going to mean for what we can accomplish this year,” said Mayor Kristine Lott.

Lott says out-of-state subcontractors have also created a challenge. When they return to Vermont, they have to self-quarantine for 14 days before getting back on the job. Lott says even when construction is done, it’s unclear if the pool will be able to operate under social distancing guidelines.

“What’s the cost benefit to starting operations later in the season? How long could it be open?” Lott said. “Our staff are looking at that now and hoping to announce a decision Monday June 1st.”

Meanwhile many people are hopping on bikes right now. In March, nationwide sales of bicycles nearly doubled compared to this time last year. In Burlington, both the bike path and bike shops have been busy.

Caleb Izor, a 13-year-old from Williston, was among the customers aking advantage of curbside pickup at Ski Rack in Burlington on Thursday. Bikes there are selling fast as people look for fun ways to escape the indoors.

“I’ve never really had a bike before with all these customizations,” he said. “So we’re just picking things out.”

After getting fitted with the perfect ride, Caleb says he’s excited to test it out with his friends.

“Our neighbors have just allowed us to play with our friends from a safe distance. We’ve been keeping our distance. We bring a bottle of hand sanitizer every single time we play.”

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