Pools open in Jersey City

City provides cool relief during hot summer months

The Johnston/Lafayette Pool in Jersey City will open on July 10 in two-hour sessions separated by one hour of cleaning.
The Johnston/Lafayette Pool in Jersey City will open on July 10 in two-hour sessions separated by one hour of cleaning.

Mayor Steven Fulop announced the reopening of two public pools as well as all city playgrounds and splash pads as temperatures begin to climb in Jersey City.

This comes as the city works to reopen its public spaces and services to the community after roughly four months of lock down due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the state’s lift on restrictions, the city started to reopen its outdoor pools to the public on July 3 with all social distancing protocols strictly enforced.

“We’ve taken many steps over the past few weeks to get our city back online in a safe and healthy manner,’ said Mayor Fulop. “Be it establishing outdoor safe eating zones for residents or reopening our parks for safely run activities, this makes perfectly good sense with the hotter temperatures to allow this format of recreation so that people can have fun, cool off and do it all safely.”

All municipal playgrounds and all public spray grounds have been power washed and disinfected by the city’s Department of Public Works and will be regularly cleaned upon reopening to the public.

Masks or cloth facial coverings must be worn at all times, and social distancing must be followed as much as possible much like the rest of city parks.

The city’s outdoor pools will reopen to the public, starting with the Pavonia/Marion Pool at 914 Pavonia Ave.

The reopening date for the Lafayette Pool, 303 Van Horne St, is scheduled for July 10.

Safety first

Pool access will be granted to residents only, and various safety precautions are being put in place such as capacity restrictions to a maximum of 50-percent capacity to allow for social distancing.

Per the NJ Department of Health, pool-goers will be encouraged to wear a cloth face covering while not in the pool. In the pool, face coverings are not allowed due to an increased risk of drowning. Staff, apart from lifeguards, will be required to wear face coverings. Lifeguards will not be required to wear them while on active duty.

Social distancing is required when not in the pool except for immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or partners. It is required even when in the water unless an individual needs help in order to swim.

Pool usage is broken down into two-hour shifts where sanitizing will take place for an hour between each swim session.

At Pavonia/ Marion Pool, Monday through Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. will be adult-only swim followed by three family swim sessions between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; 1 and 3 p.m.; and 4 and 6 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday Family Swim is available from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

At the Johnston/Lafayette Pool which doesn’t open until July 10, sessions are divided similarly.

On weekdays from  7 to 9 a.m. is adult-only swim followed by three family sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m.; and  4 to 6 p.m.

On weekends family swim will be available from 12 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information on pool schedules visit: https://jcrec.recdesk.com/Community/Facility?type=2.

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