State grants pool variance for Ouray County

  • The Ouray Pool has been approved for up to 250 swimmers with a new state variance granted this week.
    The Ouray Pool has been approved for up to 250 swimmers with a new state variance granted this week.
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The state has granted a variance to Ouray County for increased capacity at both indoor and outdoor pools.

The approval came on Wednesday night in an email to Health Department Director Tanner Kingery, who had submitted an updated version of the variance request after hearing feedback from state officials indicating if the county modified its request, it would be approved.

The new request asked the state for permission to have up to 50 percent capacity at pools, with the limit of 175 people for indoor pools and 250 for outdoor pools. The original request asked for up to 75 percent capacity and was denied.

The variance means the Ouray Hot Springs can allow up to 250 swimmers at a time, five times as many as the facility could have previously under the statewide public health orders.

Ouray County's variance comes with some conditions – including a provision stating if the county has more than seven cases of coronavirus in a two-week period, there will be a mitigation plan to try to stem infection. After two weeks, the state would consider rescinding the variance if infection levels didn't improve.