MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Although we have entered the month of June, the township and town pools have remained closed. Governor Murphy has not given a date as to when the pools would open.
In a post on the township website, the Morris Township Recreation Department stated that the opening of both pools are "delayed until further operational permission" is received.
"At this time we are setting an expectation that community swimming pools will not be able to open until after July 4th", wrote township officials. "We are also anticipating a number of operational requirements for members coming to our Morris Township swim pools based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and other rules, regulations and Executive Order precedents".
Township officials stated that special requirements may include:
These special requirements to facilitate member safety may include:
- Restrictions on daily entrance capacities based on total usable deck and lawn areas at each pool
- Mandatory social distancing when on the lawns and deck, and also while in the water.
- Maintaining appropriate social distancing while in line waiting to enter the pools
- Individual temperature screening of all members before entering the pool entrance gate
- Restrictions on or the elimination of guest admissions
- Closure of high-touch amenities and areas where social distancing would be difficult to achieve
- Elimination of common area picnic tables, benches, and chase lounges- only permitting personal lawn chairs (no chase lounges) to be brought into the pool complex.
- Facial coverings mandatory when not using the pools
- Very limited access to, and restricted time of use of, lap swimming lanes.
- Limited times for use of slides and diving boards, with 6 foot social distance line-up requirements
- No birthday parties or special celebrations
Pool memberships are still available. Early bird fees have been extended until June 15.
"For individuals who have previously paid their 2020 membership fees but who are uncertain, unwilling or uncomfortable participating under the new requirements that we will be facing, we will issue full refunds upon request until the pool is open for ten days", stated Bill Foelsch, Director of Parks and Recreation. "Depending on the State’s further guidance about opening swimming pools, we plan to pro-rate 2020 seasonal membership fees based on the percentage of lost operational hours from June 6th to a newly announced opening date. If you have already paid your 2020 membership, you will receive a refund for the pro-rated amount".
"It is our sincere hope that communities across New Jersey will be authorized to open their pools this summer", continued Foelsch. "We look forward to welcoming our members back to Streeter and Ginty Pools to enjoy our outstanding facilities in the safest possible swimming environment".