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Jersey City reopens municipal pool in time for July 4

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 17:49:08-04

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced that Pavonia/Marion Municipal Pool would reopen on Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend, but with restrictions to protect the public from COVID-19.

“We’ve taken many steps over the past few weeks to get our city back online in a safe and healthy manner,’ said Fulop. “Be it establishing outdoor safe eating zones for residents or reopening our parks for safely run activities, this makes perfectly good sense with the hotter temperatures to allow this format of recreation so that people can have fun, cool off and do it all safely.”

Johnston/Lafayette Pool will open next weekend, on July 10.

Both pools will operate in shifts and allow up to 50% of max capacity, to allow for social distancing.

Face coverings are encouraged, but while in the pool they are not allowed due to drowning risk.

Lifeguards in the stand today also did not wear masks.

When walking into Pavonia/Marion pool, residents were asked to sanitize their hands and then sign in, to facilitate contact tracing.

"I’m so grateful that it’s here," said Nicole Willis, a Jersey City resident relieved the pool reopened in time for the summer heat. "I was like dreading it wouldn’t, but I’m so happy it has."

The pools will close for 1 hour spans to allow for cleaning and disinfection.

City playgrounds and spray grounds or water features have been power washed and disinfected as well and will continue to be cleaned regularly.