THE Aqua Dome, the largest fee-paying attraction in Kerry, is due to reopen on Thursday 8th July after being closed for over 15 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The indoor facility has been given the green light to welcome back customers next week, just as the summer season gets into full swing, unless the Government delays the process further.
The Aqua Dome will operate with limited capacity in line with government guidelines and customers will now have to book a two-hour time slot online at www.AquaDome.ie.
The CEO of the Aqua Dome, Kieran Ruttledge, said: “We are incorporating a completely new way of operating with customers requested to book online and arrive pool-ready. For the time-being, we are limiting the time allowed in the pool, which is a big but necessary change from the way we normally operate because of COVID. Overall, we are delighted to be reopening again and we are looking forward to providing a fun visit for visitors from within and to County Kerry.”
The Aqua Dome are currently recruiting additional staff to help manage the social distancing and general ongoing sanitising requirements. This is despite the need to limit the numbers in the pool and Spa to about 25 per cent of normal capacity for the foreseeable future.
The Chairman of the Aqua Dome, Denis Reen, said: “The reduced numbers will impact the financial operation of the facility which operates at a profit only in the summer months. Although we are glad to be open again and are grateful for the government supports, we are concerned about the knock-on effect of the reduction of income on the future of the Aqua Dome. It is important for Tralee and County Kerry that those facilities like the Aqua Dome are open in order to support the tourism industry that is so vital to the county’s economy.”
The online booking system will go live on Monday 5th July and further information and updates can be found on the Aqua Dome website www.AquaDome.ie.
The Aqua Golf the 18-hole mini golf will also open on Thursday 8th July, however no booking is necessary for this attraction.
Anyone interested in applying for a temporary job at the Aqua Dome should contact a Duty Manager at info@AquaDome.ie before Friday 3rd July 2021.