CAN WE SWIM YET?
A petition was launched in New Jersey by two high school sophomores in an attempt to sway Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen pools for competitive swimmers. The petition is currently on change.org and has been signed by 7,575 people. With a goal of 10,00, the students have clearly made a compelling argument.
In the description of the petition, students Jerry Zheng and Andy Moss wrote, “We are joined by many other competitive swimmers signing this petition who are ready to responsibly return to competitive training in our state’s pools.”
The students are not asking for public pools to be opened for summertime fun. Moreover, they are swimmers who have trained since the age of 7. Their lives revolve around the sport, and without it, they are seeing a toll being taken on their mental health.
Additionally, the CDC released a statement declaring that the risk would be minimal. “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
Due to the competitive nature of the sport, the students are relying on merit. They do not wish for public pools of splashing toddlers to be opened; rather, they seek the reopening of a safe environment for swimmers to practice their trade. This form of swimming is extremely disciplined and these students have trained vigorously for many years. They feel as though the argument of their seriousness towards the sport should prove that they would not abuse the freedom.
Nonetheless, they spared no expense in acclaiming the state government and their effort to keep the population safe. However, Moss and Zheng express a disheartened viewpoint which they claim is common among all competitive swimmers alike. According to FoxNews the governor’s office has not yet responded to the petition.