Cleveland Will Reopen Most Rec Centers In July, But Outdoor Pools Are Closed Through Summer!

FEATURED PHOTO: MICHAEL E. COX, DIRECTOR CLEVELAND PUBLIC WORKS

MSN.com, By Cliff Pinckard-CLEVELAND.COM, Posted May 22nd 2020

The city announced Wednesday night it will reopen most recreation centers to the public on July 6.

However, outdoor swimming pools will remain closed through the summer, and the reopened facilities will have several restrictions to maintain social distancing in efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. According to a news release, the city is using a study from John Hopkins University to set the guidelines to reopen 17 of the 22 rec centers.

Five facilities, Kovacic, Hamilton, Halloran, Stella Walsh and Camp George Forbes will remain closed because it would be too difficult to maintain social-distancing guidelines, according to the city. The indoor pool at Hamilton will be open to the public.

The free lunch program will be offered at all rec centers.

The indoor swimming pools will be available at the reopened rec centers, but with limits on the number of people. There will be time limits.

Open gym use will be prohibited, and guests will have to sign in for 30-minute sessions to use weightlifting and workout rooms. Locker rooms will be available only for people using the indoor pools.

Outdoor pools, spray basins and splashpads will remain closed, and the summer camp program is canceled. Basketball courts and tennis courts will remain closed. Only one person at a time will be allowed on racquetball courts.

The Youth Baseball Academy program will be offered, but teams will not travel and there will be no formal competitive games.

People visiting rec centers will have to wear a mask at all times, and are subject to temperature checks and health screenings. Visitors also must wash their hands when entering and leaving, and must remain 6 feet apart. Distancing will be monitored.

Parks are open to the public but playgrounds remain closed. Large, organized events at parks are not allowed.

A list of all Cleveland recreation centers here.

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