MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — After adjusting their start dates and guidelines since the outbreak of coronavirus, the Maplewood and South Orange Community Pools will have their delayed openings Monday, July 6.
In accordance with Center for Disease Control and NJ State Health Department social distancing regulations and with increasing sanitation precautions, both pools will set a limit on how many patrons can be at the pool at once. For this reason, the pools from both towns are asking that swimmers reserve their time slot in the 24 hours prior to coming to the pool. Each family with a membership will be allowed at the pool for one time slot each day.
These newly established guidelines are subject to change at any time to ensure the safety of all members in the community. Full rules and regulations can be found on the Maplewood Pool and South Orange Pool pages of the townships' websites.
“The pool is going to following social distancing pretty strictly,” said Nate Zuckerberg, a new lifeguard at the Maplewood Pool. He thinks that the pool experience will still be enjoyable despite the virus, but very different from previous summers. “Everything is still a little up in the air right now, but we are going to do the best we can with our rules and regulations to make the summer fun.”
At both pools, all staff and patrons will be required to test negative for fever (below 100.4 degrees) before entering the facility. In South Orange, face coverings must also be worn at all times except for swimmers in the water. There will be no chairs, water fountains, or changing space accessible, so patrons must bring whatever they need to be ready to swim. Bathrooms will only allow two people at one time.
Both the Maplewood and South Orange Community pools have made the decision to eliminate guest passes and non-resident swimming for this summer. In addition, all specialized programs have been canceled.
Emma Burd is a rising junior at Montclair Kimberley Academy, where she is on the staff of the school newspaper, The Academy News, and Stylus, MKA’s literary and arts magazine.
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