Indiana and Kentucky are the latest states to announce that some pools can reopen in the near future, however, the latter’s plan is significantly more strict.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is allowing all pools to reopen while adhering to social distancing guidelines May 24, in time for Memorial Day. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Friday that pools used for lessons and exercise can reopen June 1, but public pools may not reopen until July.
Specifically, in Kentucky, Olympic aquatic centers, pools connected to gyms, and pools designated for exercise can reopen. “It’s different than a pool that has 100 kids in it,” Beshear said Friday. For the past two weeks, a Change.org petition that now has over 17,000 signatures has circulated asking for Kentucky’s community pools to be open for Memorial Day.
“Any facility that can show they can open safely and responsibly should have the opportunity to do so,” Albiero said. “That because we have a pool shouldn’t really work to our disadvantage — but ultimately work to our advantage. You’re literally swimming in disinfectant.”
- Alabama – 50% capacity (May 11)
- Alaska – 50% capacity
- Arizona – 50% capacity (May 15)
- Arkansas – 50% capacity (May 22)
- Florida – some localities have allowed pools to begin to reopen under a patchwork of restrictions
- Georgia – 10 or fewer people, or 6 feet of space per person (May 14)
- Mississippi – six feet apart
- Ohio – CDC Guidelines (May 26)
- South Carolina – Smaller of 20%/5 people per 1000 square feet (May 18)
- Texas – 25% capacity
- Wyoming – 1 person per lane