State-By-State Coronavirus Pool Reopening Index

After weeks with the sport more-or-less shutdown across the globe by the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a flurry of countries and states starting to reopen pools and workout facilities. To help SwimSwam readers keep up, we’re presenting our index of U.S. states that have begun reopening pools in some form or another.

This is a fast-breaking, constantly changing piece of the swimming landscape at the moment. We’ll try to update this index whenever we learn new information, but we may not always be 100% up-to-date on the happenings in every state. If you know something we don’t, please let us know in the comment section so we can work on confirming and reporting it, plus updating the index.

As pools reopen, every state and/or local governing body will have various rules and guidelines in place to keep swimmers protected from the coronavirus and the associated COVID-19 illness. For the sake of brevity, we’ll try to roughly summarize the restrictions for each state in the index below. In every case, though, there will be much more nuance than we can fit in a brief sentence or two. For more full information, click on the name of the state to follow a link to our full report on that state’s reopening.

States With Pools Re-opening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

State Date Details
Alabama 5/11 50% capacity
Alaska 5/10 50% capacity
Arizona 5/15 50% capacity
Arkansas 5/22 50% capacity as of May 22; High Schools & Clubs can resume training & competition as of June 1
California 5/20 Counties could begin reopening pools by June 12
Colorado 6/4 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
Connecticut 6/17 50% capacity on June 17
Delaware 5/22 Community Pools at 20% capacity, no swim lessons or team practices
Florida 5/22 some localities have allowed pools to begin to reopen under a patchwork of restrictions, while all youth sports have had their restrictions lifted
Georgia 5/14 10 or fewer people, or 6 feet of space per person
Hawaii June* Phase 2 – no earlier than June, county mayors can make decisions
Idaho 5/16 Indoor gyms can start socially distanced lap swim in Phase 2 (May 16), outdoor pools in Phase 3 (May 30), with occupancy limits
Illinois 6/5 10-person max (as of June 5), 50% capacity or 50-person max (as of June 26)
Indiana 5/22 Adhering to Social Distancing Guidelines, excluding Lake, Cass, and Marion counties
Iowa 5/22 No specific regulations, “reasonable measures” for enhanced hygiene and distancing
Kansas 6/1* In phase 2, no earlier than June 1
Kentucky 6/1 Pools designated for training or exercise can reopen, 1-per-lane, beginning June 1
Louisiana 5/15 Lap Swimming can resume at 25% capacity
Maine June* Phase 2 – opening date to be determined in June
Maryland 5/29 25% capacity (all counties by Montgomery)
Massachusetts 6/8 40% capacity, indoor & outdoor pools, youth sports limited to groups of 12 of less
Michigan 6/8 Outdoor pools can open June 8 at 50% capacity, some southeast Michigan counties will remain closed longer
Minnesota 6/10 50% capacity as of June 10
Mississippi 5/7 six feet apart, maximum 20 people
Missouri June* St. Louis County wants to reopen pools by early June, but no set date
Montana 5/15 50% capacity for pools at gyms or licensed public accomodation
Nebraska 6/1 Pools reopening at 50% capacity June 1, except four hard-hit counties
Nevada 5/29 50% capacity as of May 29
New Hampshire 6/1 Pools can reopen June 1 with scheduled reservations for lap swimming
New Jersey 6/22/2020 (outdoor); 7/2/2020 (indoor) Outdoor pools at 50% capacity. Indoor pools at 25% capacity/1 swimmer per lane per direction
New Mexico 6/1 50% capacity
New York 6/11 Outdoor pools can reopen, but no specific guidelines yet
North Carolina 5/22 50% capacity
North Dakota did not issue stay-at-home order, pools can operate under social distancing and hygiene guidelines
Ohio 5/26 Pools can open if regulated by local health departments
Oklahoma 6/1 Fully reopened, no limits on capacity or group size as of phase 3
Oregon 6/5 Pools can open in Phase 2 with one swimmer per lane. Some counties could move to phase 2 by June 5
Pennsylvania 6/5 Outdoor pools can open in “yellow” phase, indoor pools in “green” phase. All counties in at least yellow as of June 11.
Rhode Island 6/1 Only 15 people at a time
South Carolina 5/18 Smaller of 20% capacity or 5 people per 1000 square feet
South Dakota No stay-at-home order was issued, though some aquatic facilities have closed
Tennessee 5/15 Gyms and pools allowed to reopen in May, following CDC guidelines
Texas 5/8 25% capacity
Utah 5/19 50 people or less in some areas, 1 per lane in others
Vermont 5/19 Outdoor Pools & swimming facilities can reopen May 19, no date yet on indoor pools
Virginia 5/15 Outdoor lap swimming only, 1-per-lane
Washington 6/10 Appointment-only lap swim and club swim teams at 25% of facility capacity in “modified phase 1”
Washington, D.C. no date yet Pools can reopen in stage 3 with limited capacity and safeguards, stage 1 could begin as early as May 29
West Virginia 5/30 No restrictions announced yet
Wisconsin 5/13 Locality-by-locality
Wyoming 5/1 1 person per lane

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Kristine Anderson
1 year ago

Maryland is a swimming powerhouse and yet we have deafening silence from our leaders on the reopening of pools. Unacceptable.

Reply to  Kristine Anderson
1 year ago

Out of curiosity, how can anyone down vote this comment?

Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

Because it’s strangely hyper-aggressive and has zero chill.

Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

yes i just downvoted your comment

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

by clicking the minus

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

I’m guessing the “powerhouse” statement was too strong for the sensitive readers?

Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

Ask a stupid question. . . .

Reply to  Kristine Anderson
1 year ago

Have you looked at your numbers and compliance with social distancing???

Reply to  Kristine Anderson
1 year ago

Maryland reopening tomorrow. Congrats. Not a peep from the Governor of California.

Tony R
1 year ago

In Kansas, pools have been moved from phase 2 to phase 3, which is scheduled for June 8.

1 year ago

what about new york?

Reply to  Monteswim
1 year ago

New York… Fuhgeddaboudit!!

Reply to  Seeger33
1 year ago

Murphy in Jersey keeps saying he’s going to reopen the pools soon, but hasn’t. At least the archery ranges are back open, lots of archers in the Garden State, I guess.

Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

Maybe the point is that there aren’t lots of archers in the Garden State.

Reply to  Swim&PoloDad
1 year ago

outdoor fitness classes of up to 25 people are now allowed in Jersey. would think outdoor swim practices get green light soon.

1 year ago

What teams have resume practice in CA aside from MVN??

Reply to  Lokiz
1 year ago

I heard Irvine Novaquatics

Wedge Rider
1 year ago

NOVA at one private facility that got the county to basically put them in the same category as golf courses and was OKed to open. But with 1000+ swimmers they are maybe having 30-40% of their team practicing. La Mirada Armada senior groups training in Palo Verdes at a private facility as well.

This is all Southern CA has at the moment as no public recreation pools or school district based facilities are opened. No colleges either. Maybe some private schools?

cynthia curran
Reply to  Wedge Rider
1 year ago

So, why all these people nos, Its the truth.

Sid Frisco
Reply to  Lokiz
1 year ago

Many in OC are swimming at least in an abbreviated fashion. Some have taken to a combination of coached sessions and reservation based individual lap swimming depending on the facilities they use.

1 year ago

I’m interested in the mystery person in the picture… who is it??

Reply to  Entgegen
1 year ago

Here is the real question that everyone should be asking!

1 year ago

Just because a state’s pools are allowed to open does not mean that all teams can find water. Many clubs have to rely on schools and universities to have a place to train. Many of those are staying closed through the summer and maybe beyond.

Kelly Elliott
1 year ago

Parents are advocating for safe reopening of pools in Maryland but the message continues to be unheard! A state with the financial wherewithal, highly educated residents and all of the resources to safely reopen. But it appears no one cares.

SwimSwam help us advocate for these kids.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Kelly Elliott
1 year ago

Maryland is one of t h e poorer performing states . 10th in deaths per million & only 25th in testing per million . NY NJ RI Conn Mass Illinois Penn Mich DC & YOU . Louisiana had an early & higher death rate from the Mardi Gras clust er in NO but caught it by increasing testing to 60,000 per million against Maryland’s 37,000. There i s also a high number of active cases in Maryland 38,974 vs Louisiana 8,008.
This alleged high education has not put Maryland above those states at the bottom of this vaunted status who are doing quite well.

Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

The “poorer performing” states are based on population density. Mardi Gras (temporary high density), retirement homes, NYC, DC all high population density.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

I am not there to see what conditions in healthcare, hospitals , nursing homes are . Still a current 38,894 active cases are in Maryland . They count as a danger even if they are not part of Kelly’s educated coterie . The higher the density the higher the testing needed. ( not 25th/50 )

1 year ago

South Carolina is now 100%. Let’s go swimming

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