Here’s How To Make Cannonball In Pool Season, Safe – Redlands Daily Facts
Yes, there is still a pandemic, but as temperatures start to climb as summer approaches, those looking for a place to dabble safely will find plenty to choose from across the region.
Public pool and splash pad operators in Riverside, San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties are monitoring evolving state coronavirus guidelines and answering questions that burn like super chlorinated water , such as “How am I supposed to wear a mask while swimming?”
Many of the pandemic-related restrictions have started to recede in the past two months, and the state has set June 15 as a target for reopening facilities to pre-pandemic capacity, but in the meantime visitors to the centers aquatic recreationists are encouraged to take precautions for their health and the well-being of others.
What is open?
Some pools and wading pools have opened for the season, but many are expected to open on Memorial Day weekend or later.
Some pools in Riverside City opened on May 1 for private parties, and the Olympic Pool at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa is open for swimming. When weather permits, wading pools at San Bernardino County State Parks are open, although pools remain closed until Memorial Day weekend.
Parks Department spokeswoman Katie Martel said LA County-run swimming areas, pools and wading pools are expected to open in June, although a specific date has not been set.
Are masks mandatory?
While advice on face covers is evolving, masks are generally required for visitors to the pool and wading pools when they are not in the water.
In addition, most facilities have established capacity limits and restricted the use of equipment to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Temperature controls are also required in some facilities. Some, like the Crafton Hills Aquatics Center, may require a signed COVID-19 waiver.
Facility operators like San Bernardino County “will re-evaluate and implement new safety rules and precautions as guidelines and recommendations change,” said Tammy Gann, communications manager.
Pool operators say visitors can better protect themselves and others by wearing a mask when not in the water, observing social distancing rules and bringing their own gear, if l equipment is allowed. Those who feel sick should stay home.
For the latest opening dates, mask requirements, and other safety protocols, check with local facilities before visiting.
Here is an overview of the evolution of operations in some aquatic facilities in the region:
Town of Riverside
The Hunt, Islander, Shamel, Sippy Woodhead and Villegas pools in Riverside reopened for pool parties on May 1. Swimming lessons begin June 1 at these pools, and recreational swimming at all except Islander begins June 14. Some swimming pools will remain closed due to training staff shortages, said Adolfo Cruz, director of the city’s parks, recreation and community services department. The splash blocks in city parks will open on Memorial Day weekend.
Town of Temecula
The Community Rec Center pool is slated to open for public swimming on June 10 by reservation only at temeculaca.gov/tcsd. The pool will require temperature control and masks are required unless visitors are in the water. Face masks are not recommended for those in the water, according to the city’s website. Staff will clean frequent contact points on a regular basis and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility. Flotation devices are not permitted except Coast Guard approved life jackets.
San Bernardino County
Swimming facilities at parks in San Bernardino County, including Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, Lake Gregory Regional Park in Crestline and Yucaipa Regional Park, will open the Memorial Day weekend. The splash areas at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park and Prado in Chino are currently open when weather permits.
At the Crafton Hills Aquatic Center, temperature checks are required and masks must be worn until swimmers reach their assigned lane, and a COVID-19 waiver must be signed. The swimming pool is open to the public, from 12 years old, on weekdays until 1:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. The pool is 7 feet deep with no shallow water. Changing rooms and deck showers are closed, so visitors should arrive ready to swim.