The City is planning to do a phased approach to opening wading pools and a gradual approach for indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities. These openings will include COVID-19 prevention measures.
For the 53 wading pools that are throughout Ottawa, they will be opened in two phases. The first group of wading pools will open on July 6 and the second group will open on July 13, with some pools remaining closed for maintenance and repair.
The wading pools at Elizabeth Manley Park (1261 Blohm Drive) and Pushman Park (1270 Pebble Road) will be opened in phase one, while the wading pool at Greenboro Park (363 Lorry Greenberg Drive) will be included in the phase 2 openings on July 13. For a full list of which wading pools and when they are scheduled to open, please take a look here.
Wading pool attendants will be present at the pool to provide safety supervision. While admission numbers will be reduced to allow for proper physical distancing.
For indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities, they will reopen in a gradual approach beginning on July 6. Sawmill Creek Pool is scheduled to reopen on the week of July 6.
The City has collaborated with OPH, Canadian Red Cross Society and Lifesaving Society to develop a swimming structure that incorporates public health prevention and mitigation measures to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. As such, when you come to a City aquatics facility, you’re gong to notice quite a few changes that have been implemented to ensure that everyone is kept as safe as possible. Please take a look here to learn more about what changes you can expect.
Some changes to note are that the number of swimmers will be significanly reduced for both public and lane swims, to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. To accommodate as many swimmers as possible, swims will be scheduled in one-hour sessions with fifteen-minute blocks between sessions. This will allow staff to manage those entering and exiting the facility, and to perform additional cleaning when needed. The City also recommends that those over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health issues do not participate in any swimming programs.
While measures have been implemented to control the risks of the transmission of COVID-19, participants, parents and staff need to be aware that there are still risks with participating in public swimming.