Non-Reservation Swim Time Announced For CA’s Outdoor Pools
With summer rapidly approaching, we’re excited to share that reservations will no longer be required for daytime use of CA’s outdoor pools (generally through 5pm daily).
For those that still prefer smaller groups, CA members and Columbia Card holders will be able to take advantage of evening sessions during which the reservation system will be highly recommended, and during which smaller numbers of people will be able to use the facilities.
This update comes on the heels on Governor Hogan’s latest guidance, which removed capacity restrictions for outdoor pools. For the safety of the community, CA will keep capacity at 175 swimmers during the day and 50 swimmers during the evening (5:30 to 7 pm). However, this means members, guests, non-members and non-residents can visit CA’s pools without making a reservation during the day, and without the previously required 90-minute session cap.
CA will continue to follow guidance from the state and local health department, and adjust policies as necessary.
More Time To Swim
According to CA Aquatics Director Marty Oltmanns, the biggest benefit of this new update is that it’s now easier for families to spend more time at the pool.
Guests will also be able to enjoy CA’s outdoor pools this summer. Monday through Thursday, CA members are allowed to bring guests just as they have in years’ past. Friday through Sunday (as well as holidays), members are limited to bringing two guests per family to help control crowds on the weekends.
“We are currently working on having a live count of pool usage for the CA website so members can see how many people are at the pool before they head over,” said Oltmanns. “If it hits 175, no one will be admitted until someone leaves.”
Oltmanns also acknowledges that not everyone is ready to be back in a large group. This is why the pools will be cleared of all members and thoroughly cleaned each day from 5-5:30 pm. Capacity will be limited to 50, and advance reservations will be highly encouraged from 5:30-7 pm. Drop-ins are allowed in only on a space-available basis during this time.
“This decision comes from the fact that the pools are slowest in the evenings, so it impacts less people. It gives those with underlying medical conditions, or who aren’t comfortable with daytime capacity limits, the opportunity to use their pool under the conditions they prefer,” said Oltmanns.
Non-members and non-residents will only be able to swim in the evenings on a space-available basis after CA Members, Columbia Cardholders and guests of members and Columbia Cardholders have been checked in to the pool.
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As mentioned before, CA will continue to adjust and update policies in accordance with local and state regulations as needed. The best ways to get the latest information on everything pools-related is to sign up for the CA Swim newsletter and follow CA Swim on Facebook and Twitter.