A handful of states could see pools reopening next month, based on established phases for COVID-19 reopenings.
We’re tracking pool reopenings across the United States and the world. You can see our full state-by-state index of coronavirus reopening plans here.
The following states have tentative plans to reopen pools in the month of June, though much still depends on how fast these states move through their multi-phase coronavirus reopenings:
Hawaii’s governor has the state in Phase 2 of its four-phase reopening plan. That plan lists June as an estimated reopening date for indoor exercise facilities. Local mayors will have a lot of authority in making reopening decisions for their areas, with the governor’s approval.
Maine plans to move to Stage 2 of its reopening plan on June 1. That stage will include gyms, though they may not open immediately on June 1. The state’s website currently says fitness and exercise gyms will have an opening date “to be determined in June.”
As of May 20, the state’s checklist for community sports has some specifics for pools, when they do open: recommending “single swimming lanes” without “free/open swim times” for indoor pools.
Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 31 – and even the current plan allows “gyms and hotel swimming pools” to open under certain social distancing standards. At least one county, St. Louis County, says it plans to reopen summer camps in early June, and that county also hopes to open both public and private pools by early June.
We should have more concrete answers on Nevada in the very near future. Governor Steve Sisolak said he would hold a news conference tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) to announce whether Nevada hotels and casinos can reopen. The decision will largely hinge on whether there is a spike in COVID-19 cases over Memorial Day weekend, according to the LA Times.
If casinos open, they’ll also open their connected hotels and hotel swimming pools, potentially paving the way for gyms and other pools to reopen. The state is currently in Phase 1 of its reopening plan, though’s it’s not clear on the state website whether gyms and pools will be included with Phase 2 or a later phase.
KOCO5 reports that Oklahoma will open pools with Phase 3 of its reopening plan. The state is currently in Phase 2, but could move to Phase 3 as early as June 1. You can read more of the state’s phase plan here.