What L.A. pools are open amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

Elwanda Tulloch

If you’re aching to swim, your easiest option now is the ocean.

Beyond that, some classic Southern California hotel pools and a handful of public aquatic centers have opened. Several are listed below.

Many water parks and public pools (including all Los Angeles city pools) remain closed, as state and county officials gradually adjust their pandemic guidance.

Facilities that are now open or soon will be include:

In Riverside County, Corona’s Glen Ivy Hot Springs opened June 22. Reservations required.

In Orange County, Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center reopened June 15 with lap swimming and water-walking offered by reservation only. Irvine’s Northwood Aquatics Center also reopened June 15 with reduced capacity and programming.

Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center reopened June 15 with lap swimming and water-walking, by reservation only.

Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center reopened June 15 with lap swimming and water-walking, by reservation only.

(City of Irvine)

In Aliso Viejo, the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center opened June 13, limited to half

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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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Swimming Pools in Los Angeles

Elwanda Tulloch

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