WESTFIELD, NJ — Memorial Pool is slated to open on June 27, and the recreation department’s summer camp will not be offered in-person this year, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Friday that the recreation department is preparing to reopen Memorial Pool and that the town anticipates finalizing the June 27 date next week.

“The Recreation Department is hard at work making all of the necessary preparations to optimize safety and public health — including pool inspections, staff training and of course all changes related to COVID-19, including newly required signage and other protocols,” Brindle said.

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Under the state Health Department’s guidance, pool capacities must be limited to 50%. The state’s guidance prohibits the sharing of pool toys, including noodles, except among immediate family members and caretakers and romantic partners.

The state guidance says face coverings should not be allowed in the water due to an increased risk of drowning and lifeguards should not wear face coverings while actively lifeguarding.

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Summer camp, Brindle said, has been canceled. State guidance does not allow the town to use schools as camp facilities due to COVID-19, she said.

“This, in addition to the new NJ Department of Health and the CDC camp guidelines, have driven this decision, with the safety of our employees and residents top of mind,” Brindle said.

She said the recreation department will be offering “Virtual Camp in a Box” which will consist of themed boxes to include materials for projects along with daily videos from camp counselors.

“Additionally, we are looking at different avenues to host small workshops and outdoor clinics to try to help meet the needs of our community,” Brindle said.

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