YMCA swimming centers reopen

Updated: July 11, 2020 10:32 PM
Created: July 11, 2020 08:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The weather held up long enough on Saturday for outdoor swimming to return to YMCA swim centers in the Rochester area.

It was the first weekend they've been open since local YMCAs closed back in March due to the pandemic. There have been several changes to protect swimmers from COVID-19: capacity is capped at 50%, temperature checks are in place, and masks are required when not in the water. Members are also being asked to take a shower before they enter the pool. 


"I think we have some great opportunities to ensure safety for all of our members and our staff," said Meghan Angel, the Senior Director of Aquatics for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. "From wearing our masks to the social distancing to allowing only people per space in the pool instead of just having massive clusters. We have some weird sections in our facilities that we normally wouldn't have to maintain that distance."

No guest passes are being allowed, and the YMCA hopes to offer more activities for members soon, such as outdoor fitness classes.  

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