Oh yeah, there's definitely still a pandemic going on. Just because Western Montana is hitting 90 degree temps and things are opening up, doesn't mean COVID-19 has gone away. Cases are on the rise in 26 states, including Montana, in what Fauci is calling a "disturbing surge in infections." With all of that said, is it safe to go to pools and jump into rivers?

According to the CDC, it should be safe to visit places like Splash Montana, Currents, and tourist destinations like Silverwood's Boulder Beach.

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread directly to humans from water in pools, hot tubs or spas, or water play areas.

Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (for example, with chlorine or bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

Splash Montana and Currents are now open, splash decks in public parks around Missoula are currently on hold.

The CDC encourages following social distancing guidelines when visiting the rivers and lakes. Same as any land activity right now, the closer people get to strangers, especially those from out of state our even out of their households, the better chance there is to contract the virus. When you're out enjoying this amazing Montana sunshine, protect yourself by not sharing food, equipment, toys or supplies with people outside of your household. And keep washing those hands! This isn't over yet, keep up with that hand sanitizer, friends.