SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Following negotiations between the Springfield Township Committee and the Summit Area YMCA, Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice announced in an email blast this afternoon that negotiations between the town and the Y had ended.

"Despite prolonged efforts by the Township and the YMCA to work out the final terms for the opening of Community Pool and Camp facilities, the Township was informed by the YMCA today that the risks associated with COVID-19 prevent the YMCA from taking over pool and camp operations in Springfield for the 2020 summer season," Capodice said in the statement.

He added, "The Y remains committed to working with the Township collaborating on projects throughout the year. In the meantime, our recreation department has been working to develop programs and activities, both virtual and in-person, for the immediate future."

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued onward, municipalities around the state have made varied decisions about their pool facilities, and whether to open them or keep them closed..

In Springfield's case, in addition to the risk of opening under COVID for the Summit Y, a number of staffing and cleaning hurdles would still have to be figured out before the pool could reopen.

Stay with TAPinto Springfield for more local COVID-19 coverage throughout the course of this pandemic.