Santa Clara Pools Set to Reopen; Three California Counties Progressing

Jun 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Morning warm-ups in the main racing pool during Day One of the Arena Pro Series at Santa Clara, at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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Friday is the day that swimming pools can reopen in Santa Clara County, one of California’s hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Several other counties are pushing to join in on the reopening soon.

Santa Clara County declared Monday that it will allow a round of reopenings Friday as a revision of its shelter-in-place orders. Public swimming pools are among the openings, with modifications such as reduced group size. Other businesses opening include, “in-store retail, outdoor dining, all manufacturing, small service businesses, childcare and summer programs, as well as religious, cultural, and civic activities.”

Pool reopening in many California counties require the signoff of local health authorities and the final approval of the governor. The Santa Clara County opening was at the behest of the public health officer in the county.

Orange County is hoping to join the areas of California reopened to swimming. It submitted a request Tuesday to have closure orders lifted. Type of pool matters here: Counties like Los Angeles and Riverside have been able to reopen privately owned pools. But public pools remain closed under Stage 2 of the California recovery plan, which many counties are in.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to petition California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow pools, among other facilities, to reopen.

Contra Costa County announced a spate of openings Wednesday, which does not include pools. But between Wednesday’s reopenings and the next scheduled round of modifications prior to June 15, “county health officials will consult with state officials about reopening swimming pools.”

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    • Sean Killion

      Lyle Campbell – we are working on ours as well. Hopeful that we can have the athletes back in the water soon.

    • Rajiv Raghunathan

      Sean Killion Thanks for doing this. Bay club and Highlands have opened up for lap swims already. Not sure if its easier to do that first before lessons.

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        Patrick McBride

        Is Sean getting in the water too? You’ll need to burn off those Devils Teeth Bakery calories.

  1. Jackie Walach

    Waiting for the OC pools to open, finally!

  2. avatar

    I don’t know about others but our pool “Covid Rules” are absolutely ridiculous and unfair. Huge pool, like huge and 5 people are allowed . 5!!