WCCO-TV: Lifeguard Shortage Leaving Some Minnesota Pools, Beaches Unsupervised

EXCERPT: “A lifeguard shortage is hitting the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, forcing some pools to close and beaches go unsupervised. St. Cloud is closing all seven of its wading pools for the entire summer. The city says COVID-19 restrictions were rolled back too late for it to budget for pool operations and salaries for lifeguards. Splash pads will stay open. As of late May, YMCA locations between the Twin Cities and Rochester had 400 openings for lifeguards, swim instructors and coaching positions. If there’s any good news, Matrejek said training courses are quickly filling up. Normally, her location holds 10 courses between May and June. This year, though, it’s half that amount.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/2TVAcux