NEW YORK — State outdoor swimming pools across New York are open in time for the July 4 weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
“As we are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we must remember all the sacrifices New Yorkers have made to flatten the curve of the pandemic and be cautious in everything we do,” Cuomo said.
New York City also announced several public pools will open late-July and August.
New Yorkers are advised to plan ahead as pools are expected to fill quickly since capacity will be reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poolgoers must also follow social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others around them. Cuomo reminded everyone “the virus does not take a holiday.”
Restrooms, toilets and showers will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
The following guidelines are in place at state outdoor pools:
- Visitors will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable potential contact-tracing measures
- Pool capacity will be limited to 50% to help maintain six feet of distance
- Lounge chairs, benches and picnic tables will be kept 10 feet apart from others.
- Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times indoors and at times when social distancing cannot be maintained.
- No group gatherings of 10 people or more are allowed.
Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operations.