OZone building

OZone fitness center working on reopening plan.

The Osawatomie USD 367 Board of Education on Monday, May 11, endorsed a plan for a phased reopening of the OZone fitness center. The state of Kansas moved to Phase 1.5 of Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to reopen the state on May 18.

The OZone has put together a plan for moving forward through each phase of the governor’s reopening schedule.

Under Phase 1.5, Kid Zone, locker rooms and all pools will remain closed to help the center adhere to social distancing and capacity limits set by the state.

Patrons will be asked to follow certain restrictions while at the facility — including social distancing of six feet. Phase 2 of the plan is scheduled to begin June 1.

More details about OZone’s reopening plan can be found at usd367ozone.org and on the fitness center’s Facebook page. Patrons should read through the list of services and activities that will be offered, with modification, and take note of what activities and services will not be available in Phase 1.5.

The school board also authorized the reopening of the district’s outdoor recreational facilities.

The Outdoor Fitness Park at the OZone, the Trojan and Swenson school playgrounds and the Karl E. Cole Sports Complex facilities were to reopen Tuesday, May 12.

The outdoor Family Aquatics Park has a tentative opening date of June 15, according to the plan.

It coincides with the scheduled start of the phase-out period of the governor’s plan. A firm date for the pool’s opening has not been set.

Burchett said all dates are subject to change, because of the evolving situation with the state’s reopening plan.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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