NYC Public Pools Open For Summer, Adding Mask Mandates To Long List Of Existing Rules

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New York Metropolis’s public pool season begins Saturday in a return to its regular schedule after final summer time’s delayed openings as a result of pandemic.

Masks are actually required for all folks coming into the amenities on the metropolis’s 53 outside swimming pools and whereas in locker rooms, loos, and on the pool deck, in response to town Parks Division. Masks shouldn’t be worn whereas swimmers are within the precise pool.

One other change introduced by the pandemic is that outside swim applications have been cancelled this season, the Parks Division mentioned, “as the continued COVID-19 pandemic has affected our potential to rent and prepare lifeguards.”

Town’s public swimming pools have lengthy had strict laws that stay in place this yr — locks are nonetheless required to enter the amenities, swimsuits are required to enter the pool space, and solely plain white shirts and hats are allowed on the deck as a result of the dyes in coloured shirts can run in pool water. The Parks Division says meals, glass bottles, and digital gadgets are prohibited as are newspapers as a result of “unbound periodicals are likely to blow round and create litter,” and different valuables must be left at dwelling.

The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day with a cleansing break between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The season lasts till September twelfth.

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In one other signal of a return to normalcy, metropolis seashores opened this yr on the standard Memorial Day weekend. Seaside lifeguards are on responsibility each day, from 10 a.m. to six p.m., till the season ends September twelfth.

New York State’s seashores and swimming pools, together with the pool at Roberto Clemente State Park within the Bronx and Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem additionally opened Memorial Day weekend, with six-foot distancing. The state hopes to elevate the distancing restriction utterly by July 4th.

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