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Vale pool reopens after state shifts pool rules

A child jumps off the high dive at Vale City Pool on June 17, shortly after it opened for the summer. Social distancing protocols are in place. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE—The Vale City Pool is open again.

The pool was closed after Malheur County slipped down to Phase 1 reopening status on Aug. 15. State rules at the time said pools cannot be open in counties in Phase 1, but the Oregon Health Authority changed course on Sept. 7.

“Similar to pools, we know that swimming is safe. It's what happens around the pool, the locker room, gathering at the end of the lanes for sports teams, and we've updated our guidance to provide safety there for the people participating,” said Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist, at a press briefing.

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