SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse City pools are set to reopen, but it won’t be at all 11 of the city’s recreational locations. Mayor Ben Walsh is currently looking at three.
There’s another catch: it could be even fewer than that. The city is in need of federal funding for the pools.
Last month, Walsh furloughed more than 104 city employees. The city has lost about $24 million in sales tax over the course of 15 months.
Until Syracuse receives approval from Washington, the Parks Department is working on a proposal that would set restrictions for visiting patrons.
Three Rivers Swim Club in Cincinnati, Ohio has been open since Memorial Day Weekend and is currently practicing CDC guidelines for recreational facilities, much like what is to be expected at Syracuse City pools.
Here are some of the immediate restrictions at the Three Rivers Swim Club:
- No use of tennis and volleyball courts.
- No use of playground facilities.
- No use of campground and fishing locations.
- Non-members are not allowed inside pool grounds.
- Must follow CDC guidelines for barriers inside the pool to manage social distancing.
- Must exit through a different location than entrance.
- Lifeguards must get temperature taken upon clocking in for work.
- Lifeguards must sanitize picnic tables every hour.
The swim club also has tape and stickers guiding patrons throughout the pool deck on six-feet apart distances.
Cincinnati currently has seven of its city pools open, but visitors have to make reservations to swim.