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Forebay Aquatic Center sees increase in customers during Labor Day

The Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville says business increased this year even with the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 6:13 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -  Labor Day looks a lot different this year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic but one local business actually did better than usual this year when it comes to sales. 

Labor Day weekend is usually the busiest time of the year at the Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville but with the pandemic workers didn’t know what to expect.

Ted Wheeler, manager at the center says, “We are doing twice as good as we did last year and that is all thanks to you guys coming out and having a good time with us."

Wheeler says business doubled from$50,000 last year to about $100,000 this year– despite the coronavirus restrictions.

Even the smoky air didn’t stop people from coming out for a good time on the lake during the holiday weekend. 

Sylvia Myer, stopped by with her friend to kayak. "You can space out and get out there. The lake is so big. You can get off on shore or get in the water. There is plenty of space for everyone, I have never seen it too crowded here," she said.

"It was beautiful and clean and a wonderful activity for people to social distance," said Angelica Juenke from Chico.

"People need an outlet to get out of the house and get out and do something. We are here to make sure everyone has something to do and somewhere to go," said Wheeler.

He says the center usually closes after Labor Day weekend but this year it’s staying open a little longer so that the community can have somewhere to go.

As for safety - workers must wear masks and are constantly cleaning and sanitizing all of the equipment. 

If you want to enjoy the lake, The Forebay Aquatic Center will remain open through the end of September.

The center is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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