Austin’s famed Barton Springs Pool has set a June 9 reopening date and released plans for modified operations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The pool was closed mid-March in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
According to the City of Austin website, once the pool is reopened no admission fees will be charged but reservations will be required to enter the facility from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A mandatory screening will be conducted thirty minutes prior each visitor’s scheduled reservation. The reservation periods will last two hours. Fifteen minutes before the end of a reservation period the facility will be cleared for cleaning and disinfection.
The pool will be ungaurded and open to swimmers without a reservation between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
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Visitors to the pool will also be required to wear a face covering when not swimming.
As part of modified operations, Barton Springs Pool will remain closed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. A note on the City of Austin website says that the pool will not be able to accommodate group reservations at this time.
Pools around Austin were allowed to begin reopening May 8 as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased plan. Opened pools must observe occupancy limits and allow for visitors to practice proper social distancing.
Water parks in the state were added to the list of planned reopenings last week.