You'll have to register before heading out to public pools in metro Detroit

Posted at 5:52 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 06:56:09-04

(WXYZ) — With Michigan reopening and life somewhat getting back to normal, can families get back out to public pools?

7 Action News reporter Darren Cunningham called around to several cities asking if the pools are open.

Detroit is not, Oak Park is not. Warren is closed for at least the next two months. But, Livonia pools are open, and the mayor says the city adapted some CDC guidelines to cover pools.

"Number one, we ask that if you're not feeling well, we ask that you not come to the pool," said Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. "If you have sick children, please don't bring them to the pool."

After months of sheltering in place, the Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is allowing visitors a space to let loose a little.

Clement Circle splash pad and the Botsford pool both reopened Monday, with visitors getting their first glimpse of the new social distancing signage and deck chairs spread apart.

Mayor Brosnan says it's all part of the new safety measures under COVID-19.

"We have a limited capacity at each one of the pools. So we're encouraging families to pre-register online for blocks of time," said the Livonia mayor. "And we think that that's the best way to get people to enjoy the pools."

In between swim sessions, Brosnan says staff will clean for 30 minutes.

"And when you come, you need to wear a mask. So mask on deck. Masks on the kids, on parents, our life guards, all of our staff are wearing masks."

Visitors under 15 must be accompanied by an adult and everyone's urged to wash their hands.

"I think the one thing that we're trying hard to do in Livonia is keep people alert to the fact that we did a really good job in mitigating the damage of COVID-19 because we wore our masks," said the mayor. "We maintained our social distances. We stayed at home when the governor asked us to stay at home. So we that if we go through the summer again following the rules, that we'll find ourselves successfully moving into the fall where the expectation is we could see the virus resurge again."

Brosnan says she hopes a resurgence is not the case, and that she certainly doesn't want pools to be the reason why.

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