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Public Swimming Pools Have Reopened, But It’s Weird Now

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As the holiday weekend heats up, you’re probably jonesing for a nice cool swim in a public pool. But if you can find one that’s open, you’ll find that extensive new rules to keep people separated and safe from contracting the coronavirus makes the experience very different. Sterile, even.

Public swimming pools at city and county parks, at campgrounds and schools have been allowed to be open since mid-June. But expect lots and lots of limits.

The new rules require frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces like door handles and pool railings, but also shared pool training gear. To reduce the amount of cleaning, a lot of those need-to-disinfect items like kickboards and pool noodles have simply been removed.

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