WESTFIELD, NJ — With the pool season extended until Sept. 19, patrons of the Westfield Memorial Pool have another six weeks to go swimming before the season ends.

Pool Manager Mike Landshof said the reservation system has been booked to capacity for the complex, which has five pools, including a 50-meter-long pool, an eight-lane lap pool, a kiddie pool and an adults-only area.

“Every day’s different,” Landshof said. “Some of the hot days are kind of intriguing because it’s so hot that it’s really kind of a crapshoot as to whether or not we’re going to get a big crowd or a smaller crowd for the day.”

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The reservation system is a result of COVID-19, as the pool must limit its patrons to 500 at any one time, officials have said. Because of this, the recreation department is requesting that people who know they will not show up for their reservation cancel their pool session.

“They do have the ability to go in and cancel that reservation, and then the system automatically updates, and those spots become open,” Landshof said.

Precautions taken during the pandemic include a COVID-19 ambassador to help ensure social distancing, circles painted on the grass to help families space themselves apart and a bring-your-own chair or blanket situation.

On Friday, Melissa Peros, clad in a straw hat and sunglasses, praised the staff’s adherence to COVID-19 strictures.

“They’ve done a nice job here of having the circles and keeping the space,” said Peros, 40. “They’re always walking around monitoring and letting people know if they’re too close.”

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