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Wading pool closed for 2020

 


City of Three Forks officials announced last week the Wading Pool at Stevenson Park will not be open this summer.

Due to the guidelines issued by the Governor and Health Department, the City of Three Forks cannot maintain social distancing requirements, a special paint must be applied prior to opening, the pool is not chlorinated so would require draining, sanitizing and refilling daily, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces a minimum of four times per day. (The pool is typically open only four hours/day.)

These requirements cause excessive expense City officials had not anticipated, and the risk is too great of exposure to our littlest members of the community.

The Headwaters Bank Run which is the largest annual fundraiser to support the Headwaters Trail System has also been cancelled for 2020. Again, due to the COVID-19 virus and the Governor's guidelines organizers cannot maintain social distancing nor sanitizing frequently touched surfaces at registration tables, water stations and the finish line.

The fate of the 2020 Three Forks Rodeo has not been decided. The Board will meet June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the rodeo grounds to brainstorm ideas on social distancing and sanitizing protocols, then make a recommendation to the City Council on June 9, 2020 at 7 p.m.

PHASE 2

Effective June 2, gathering sizes were increased to 50 people as long as social distancing requirements can still be adhered to. Groups larger than 50 people should be cancelled unless distancing can be maintained and frequently touched surfaces can be sanitized between each use.

Vulnerable individuals should continue to adhere to the stay-at-home guidance.

Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can increase to 75% capacity. Gyms, indoor group fitness classes and pools/hot tubs can operate at 75% capacity as well. Concert halls, bowling alleys and other places of assembly may operate with reduced capacity and adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.

Employers should continue to permit telework as much as possible. (Senior living and assisted living facilities must continue to follow Phase 1 guidelines.)

Self-quarantine for out-of-state travel ends with the termination of Phase 1.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Council is holding meetings at City Hall again, but are limited on space to ensure social distancing guidelines. City Hall can hold roughly 10-12 people while maintaining 6-feet distances. We continue to encourage your attendance at any of our meetings via Zoom.

We share each meeting's ID # on the agenda for each meeting (posted on City Hall door, the banks and Post Office, on our website, and on Facebook). Just visit http://www.Zoom.us and "Join a Meeting" with the meeting ID# and video with us, or just call in and listen. We then stream the same meeting (albeit a few minutes behind our live action) to our Facebook page.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

6/8/2020 - Three Forks Rodeo Arena Board

6/9/2020 - City Council

(week of) 6/15/2020 - Budget Committee

6/16/2020 - Mandatory Council/Board Member Training

6/17/2020 - Three Forks Community Library Board

6/23/2020 - City Council

 

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