Buzz: Northside Swim Center opens Saturday with new rules. Oak Hill, Martha Berry Museum reopen Monday — with some changes. Barker Road closed today. Changes on U.S. 278 near Rockmart.

Buzz: Northside Swim Center opens Saturday with new rules. Oak Hill, Martha Berry Museum reopen Monday — with some changes. Barker Road closed today. Changes on U.S. 278 near Rockmart.

Get ready to make a splash. The Northside Swim Center is set to open on Saturday. Because of COVID-19 concerns, there will be several changes to the pool operations this season.
The pool will be open Tuesday through Sunday and have two sessions a day. The sessions last two and a half hours and are limited to 75 people. Session one is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Session two is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The pool area will undergo a cleaning between sessions. There will be no chairs or pool toys available for use. Patrons can bring their own bag chairs but will need to follow social distancing guidelines.
Cost for a session is $3 per person regardless of age. Admission fees will be taken at the pool via card only. No cash will be accepted. Admission is first come, first serve for the first 75 patrons each session. We do ask patrons to check the weather before coming. There will be no rain checks if a session is canceled because of inclement weather and no passes out.
The pool and lifeguards will be following the state COVID-19 guidelines for operations for cleaning and enforcing social distancing guidelines. State regulations prevent classes or pool rentals at this time. “We are excited to be able to open the Northside Swim Center. We want to ensure a safe and fun place for everyone to come and swim while also following state guidelines for Covid-19,” RFPRA Director Todd Wofford says.
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Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will reopen starting Monday.  To keep patrons safe, the museum will operate with reservation-only tours.  Before coming to the museum, visitors must reserve their spot online at . For questions about making a reservation, call (706) 368-6789.

After reserving tickets, guests will receive instructions for conducting an at-home health screening on the day of their visit. If guests are unwell, the museum staff asks that they stay home. Guests will also go through a verification health screening as a part of their check-in at the museum. While on the Oak Hill property, guests should maintain a social distance of six feet with anyone outside of their party, and masks are required inside all buildings. If a guest does not have a mask, the Oak Hill staff will provide one upon entry into the museum.

Tours are offered Monday- Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting on the hour. Each tour of the Oak Hill home is limited to six guests to allow for social distancing and to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Docents will guide groups through Oak Hill and Aunt Martha’s Cottage, after which, guests will finish out their visit with a self-guided tour of the Carriage House and the Oak Hill Gardens.

Barker Road closed for part of today. From Floyd County Public Works: Barker Road will be closed to through traffic on Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. because of a cross drain failure. A hole developed in the roadway late Wednesday afternoon. Please use Ga. 20 West and Burnett Ferry as alternate routes around the construction zone until repairs are made.


US. 278 improvement project set for July

Weather permitting, the U.S. 278 right turn lane to Highway 101 will be offset from the thru lanes with a painted island next month. The quick response project between Rockmart and Dallas should be completed in about a week and will improve the visibility for vehicles turning on to US 278 from Highway 101. Motorists should expect delays and closures on the route during construction. It begins Monday, July 6, at U.S. 278 at Highway 101 between Rockmart and Dallas

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