Gyms, museums, hotels, day camps, arena sports reopening Friday

Elwanda Tulloch

Los Angeles County on Wednesday announced that gyms and fitness facilities, pro-league arenas without audiences, day camps, museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, campgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreational areas including swimming pools, music, film and television production and hotels for leisure travel will be allowed to reopen Friday.

The further reopening comes as 1,275 new cases and an additional 61 deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported by L.A. County public health officials.

Nail salons, tattoo shops, bars and wineries, movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks and festivals are still closed in the county. Despite lifted restrictions, parties, gatherings and mixing of households is still not allowed.

“No, we are completely not out of the woods, we are still in in the middle of the woods and we still have a lot of risk,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “I

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California to Reopen Pools in Phase 3 As Soon as June 12

Elwanda Tulloch

California’s approach to reopening pools from the COVID-19 pandemic has largely been piecemeal, but as it enters Phase 3, a wider change could be coming.

The state last Friday laid out the framework for opening swimming pools in Phase 3 of its Resilience Roadmap by no sooner than this Friday, June 12. While not explicitly naming pools in many reports, the step includes reopening “higher-risk workplaces,” including “campgrounds, hotels, gyms, bars and museums.” Pools would likely open at diminished capacity and with increased safeguards in place. The state’s guidance on gyms parts out specific guidance for opening pools.

The specific openings will still be subject to county-by-county review of local conditions. From the San Jose Mercury News:

During a Friday press briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will continue to provide guidance for “how” to reopen certain sectors of local economies, but it’s up to individual counties to

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What is the coronavirus risk in the ocean, pools, and lakes

Elwanda Tulloch

Summer always means water, whether it’s an ocean, lake, river, swimming pool or hot tub. But now that we’re worrying more about germs, it’s natural to wonder: Will this season’s swimming, surfing, floating and soaking be as safe as it used to be?

Yes, many experts say.

“There is no data that somebody got infected this way” with coronavirus,” said professor Karin B. Michels, chair of UCLA’s Department of Epidemiology, in a recent interview.

“I can’t say it’s absolutely 100% zero risk, but I can tell you that it would never cross my mind to get COVID-19 from a swimming pool or the ocean,” said Paula Cannon, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. “It’s just extraordinarily unlikely that this would happen.”

On web pages giving pandemic advice, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, “There is no evidence that the virus

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