Lap swim, water aerobics available

Twelve-year-old Blake Boogerd, a Seahawks team member, comes to lap swim on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the All Seasons Center in Sioux Center as a way to continue practicing his skills.

SIOUX CENTER—The All Seasons Center is closed for most activities as a result of Gov. Kim Reynold’s latest round of restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The proclamation, which is in effect through Dec. 10, prohibits all organized youth and adult sports activities of any size including basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, dance and group fitness classes at gyms with the exception of high school, college and professional sports.

Reynold’s announced clarifications Thursday morning, noting that group activities in places like gyms, pools, dance and fitness classes could resume if participants could be socially distance by at least 6 feet.

For the indoor pool that means no public swimming is available nor may the Seahawks swim team practice. However, lap swim and water aerobics are allowed.

The Vernon ice arena, however, remains quiet as the proclamation initially led to the suspension of the youth hockey practice. However, because the two high school teams under the Sioux Center Hockey Association are considered club teams, their practices are also suspended until further notice. Only Dordt University’s hockey team is allowed to practice.

According to the Sioux Center Hockey Association’s website, it’s not restricted from playing outside the state of Iowa. The group plans on proceeding with scheduled games in South Dakota, though this is subject to change. It notes that Minnesota has closed youth sports so no games will be played in that state until the restriction is lifted.

The senior center also remains open.

Masks are required in the lobby, locker rooms and arena stands as the proclamation requires masks be worn in indoor places that are open to the public in situations when people not of the same household cannot socially distance at least 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

“In a way it’s different from the spring and early summer when the governor shut everything and yet it’s similar in that we’re shut down for the most part,” said All Seasons Center director Dave Ruter. “It’s kind of weird that you can do some things and not others things but I wouldn’t want to be the one making the decisions either. We’re working through it and hoping for the vaccine to come soon.”