Swimming into the new normal

The North Bergen pool is reopening, but a lot has changed

As New Jersey copes with Phase 2 of the reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the new normal is becoming more clear. In North Bergen, the public pool is reopening with limited hours for certain guests, depending on age.

The North Bergen Municipal Pool will be opening with new guidelines and restrictions to help keep residents safe during ongoing health crisis, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the township announced.

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COVID-19 has changed everything

Due to the pandemic, there will be no annual memberships this year. Instead the township will issue passes for individual sessions.

Only North Bergen residents will be admitted.

Residents will be required to register in advance to use the pool during a specific time period. Registration will be online and can be done up to 24 hours in advance.

There will be three sessions per day. The cost for each session is $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and free for seniors ages 62 and older.

The first session is from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for seniors only. No younger guests will be permitted.

The second session from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. is open to all ages, as well as the third session from 5 until 8 p.m.

No walk-ups will be allowed, according to Mayor Sacco, and residents must register in advance. An online registration link will be provided later in the week. A phone number will also be available for seniors without access to the internet, prior to the pool opening on June 22.

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the pool, attendees will not be permitted to visit two days in a row. Registration will be allowed every other day.

The snack bar will remain closed at this time. Residents are allowed to bring their own food. In addition, the sports courts will remain closed.

Pool staff will be maintaining strict hygiene and cleaning common surfaces regularly, Mayor Sacco said. Everyone is expected to maintain appropriate social distance while on the premises.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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