New Jersey pools reopen June 22, with new guidelines

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For many parents running out of ideas to occupy their kids, the reopening of public pools and swim clubs in New Jersey on June 22 can't come soon enough. However, there will be quite a few new rules in place.

"Guests and staff must sign in to facilitate potential contact tracing efforts. Hand sanitizer stations must be provided at stations through the facility," detailed Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Facilities will be limited to 50% capacity, and everyone not in the pool is expected to wear masks. There will be a couple of exceptions. 

"Cloth face coverings should not be used on children with two years of age and should not be worn in the water. And lifeguards should not wear face coverings," Persichilli explained.

"Staff and patrons must safely distance from one another while in the water and on the pool deck," she added. "Hand sanitizer stations must be provided at stations through the facility."

Bathroom and high traffic areas must be sanitized several times a day and staying six feet apart is still the best way to prevent the virus from spreading. Persichilli advised occupancy should be limited in bathrooms and locker rooms.

What's more, no toys, floats or pool noodles will be allowed in the water.