As some states have begun allowing pools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic (and others never mandated a closure in the first place), we’re also tracking the states that don’t yet have a set date in the near future for the reopening of pools.
Some of the following states have pools listed in a specific phase of their reopening, but don’t yet have a tentative date for that phase. Others haven’t yet committed to reopening pools in a specific phase. Here’s the best info we could find on each of the remaining states we haven’t yet reported on:
Maryland has classified outdoor gym and fitness classes in its “Low Risk” category, and indoor gyms and fitness classes in “Medium Risk.” The state moved into Stage 1 of its reopening on May 15, but does not have a set timeline for Stage 2, nor does it have any specific confirmation that gyms or pools will be included in Stage 2.
Michigan remains under a stay-at-home order through June 12. That means gyms will be closed until at least that date.
Minnesota is currently in Phase 1 of its reopening. Phase 2 is set to begin on June 1, but gyms and pools will not reopen in Phase 2. The state currently includes pools in Phase 3 of its plan, which does not yet have a target date.
New Jersey is still under a stay-at-home order issued March 21 that has no specific end date. Most recently, Governor Phil Murphy increased the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 people to 25. Some outdoor recreational activities have reopened, but there’s been no announcement of when pools will be given the green light. An NJ.com story May 15 suggested that Murphy would have more information on pools in the near future.
KRQE reported that New Mexico would include swimming pools with other recreational facilities in its reopening plan. There’s no official date set yet, but that story said that City of Albuquerque Health Department inspectors would start to make rounds next week, making sure local pools are prepared to open when the governor allows it.
New York won’t open its “recreation” industry until after Phase 4 of its recovery plan. As of today, only some of New York’s regions had even entered Phase 1 of the plan, and many still remain in the NYS on PAUSE stage.
Oregon included gyms with its Phase 1 of reopening, but its plan specifically required gyms to keep pools “closed to recreational swim activities, swimming lessons, and all other aquatic activities.” Counties can potentially move to Phase 2 after spending at least 21 days in Phase 1. The first counties started Phase 1 on May 15, meaning none will move to Phase 2 until at least early June.
Rhode Island has currently closed all recreational facilities. The state is working on “emergency regulations” for operating public swimming pools, like those in apartment complexes. But according to the state website, those regulations have not yet been published.
Washington State will allow outdoor pools and gyms to reopen at 50% capacity in Phase 3 of its plan, though it’s not clear if indoor pools will be opened in the same phase. At this point, the issue won’t be pressing for almost a month, as the state is targeting June 22 as its official date to move into Phase 3. Washington will move to Phase 2 on June 1.
The nation’s capital lists pools in Stage 3 of its reopening plan. The district could begin Stage 1 of reopening on May 29, so the opening of pools is still a ways off.
California, Colorado & Illinois
Per our previous reporting, California hasn’t officially allowed pools to reopen. The state remains in Stage 2 of its four-stage reopening. However, some clubs, including the Mission Viejo Nadadores, have returned to training, albeit apparently outside the bounds of the statewide restrictions.
The same is true of Illinois, which is on track to move into the next phase of reopening this Friday, but still won’t allow indoor pools to reopen.