VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver is reopening four outdoor pools and 10 spray parks, according to a Vancouver Park Board statement Monday.
Lifeguards will also return to nine beaches.
Kitsilano, New Brighton, and Second Beach pools will open July 13. Maple Grove pool will open once an online booking issue is resolved.
The park board also said lifeguards will begin supervising swimming areas at nine beaches, between 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. from July 13 to Sept. 7.
The beaches include English Bay, Jericho, Kitsilano, Locarno, Spanish Banks East and West, Sunset, Third, and Trout Lake.
Vancouver’s spray parks will be open as of June 27.
If you plan on going for a dip in a public pool, the parks board advises to arrive “swim ready,” as change rooms will not be open.
Also, expect a 30–minute buffer between time-limited “swim periods” so facilities can be sanitized for the next group.
Pool-goers can book timeslots through an online reservation system. Drop-ins, however, will be allowed with contactless electronic payment.
The park board has adopted Lifesaving Society Canada’s guidelines for outdoor pool usage. WorkSafeBC has also developed new protocols for lifeguards, including ongoing spot cleans of all equipment, facilities, and any high-touch areas.
Meanwhile, physical distancing requirements of two metres are mandatory for everyone on beaches. Lifeguards will wear personal protection equipment on duty.
The park board reopened other outdoor facilities in recent weeks, including golf courses, playgrounds, the VanDusen Botanical Garden, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks, and synthetic sports fields.