Solar eclipse: London, Sarnia, Windsor taking different approaches to safety during rare event

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London’s city-run pool and day camp schedules are being eclipsed by Monday’s once-in-a-generation celestial event.

Knowing the vision damage watching a solar eclipse can do to the naked eye, the city’s outdoor pools and day camps are changing their plans to keep patrons safe.

Neighbourhood operations manager Paul D’Hollander said day camp staff will be keeping all of the children indoors and away from windows during the eclipse.

“We’re running our regular day camp program, our camps are operating,” he said.

“But for that critical period of time for the eclipse, all the camp activities will be inside.”

Two of the city’s afternoon outdoor tennis day camps were cancelled Monday, too.

“If you’re tossing up for a serve or a lob, then we don’t want to run the risk (of sun exposure),” said D’Hollander.

But solar eclipse or not, it’s pretty much business as usual at the city’s pools. Aquatics, arenas and attractions manager Lynn Loubert said the city has put up signs to remind the pool-going public not to stop and stare.

“Our staff are aware. We’re also going to be making announcements, just reminding people not to look in the sun,” she said.

It’s a different story in Sarnia, where the parks and recreation department cancelled open swims at two outdoor pools from 1 to 4 p.m., when the solar eclipse is visible.

In Petrolia, the local community centre is urging residents to be careful when the eclipse passes through and said town staff and day camp children will be indoors while it’s taking place.

All six of Windsor’s city-owned outdoor pools cancelled public swim times Monday afternoon because of the partial solar eclipse.

– with files from the Sarnia Observer and Windsor Star

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