This summer’s swim season will look and feel a bit different than those of years past. Only 11 of Austin’s 45 aquatic facilities are now open –– or will be soon –– with limitations put in place due to the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Big Stacy, Govalle, Rosewood and Shipe pools opened to the public. On June 5, Walnut Creek, Mabel Davis and Northwest opened. Bartholomew and Garrison will open June 6, while Deep Eddy will open June 8, and Barton Springs will open June 9.

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Starting this week, each pool will require patrons to wear masks upon entering the facility. Temperatures will be taken before entering, contact information must be provided for coronavirus contact tracing and restricted capacities will be set for each pool.

Splash pads will not be open at this time, and access to changing rooms and showers will be restricted. Swimmers will only be permitted to use the toilet areas and sinks.

No admission fees will be charged for the pools that are open.

Reservations will be required at Barton Springs, Deep Eddy, Bartholomew, Walnut Creek, Garrison, Northwest and Mabel Davis pools, and will be available for two-hour blocks.

Big Stacy, Rosewood, Shipe and Govalle, will not require reservations. However, they will be cleared every two hours for cleaning. After the facilities are cleaned, pool-goers may get back in line to re-enter.

According to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s website, with current staffing levels and a city‐wide hiring freeze, there are no plans to expand the modified operating schedule.