New Jersey’s public and private pools may open on Monday, June 22, but your pool experience will look different this summer, due to COVID-19.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli stressed the continued need for social distancing, adding that all pools must limit capacity to 50 percent.
Measures to limit capacity at pools could involve implementing a reservation or pass system or reducing hours. Staff and patrons must stay six feet apart in water and on pool decks.
Staff and pool goers are encouraged to wear cloth masks (but not when in pool, not for children under two years of age and not for lifeguards).
And forget noodles, kickboards or beach balls. Pool toys will not be allowed to reduce the risk of them being shared and possibly spreading the virus.
To maintain social distancing, pools will stagger entrance at entry and exit points to avoid congregation. There will also be posted signs urging anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to stay home. Guest and staffs must sin to facilitate potential contract tracing efforts. Locker rooms and changing areas will be limited for social distancing and foot coverings must be worn.
There will also be increase cleanings (several times daily) and sanitization as well as staff screenings for fever and COVID-19 symptoms.