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Residents hit the pools as heatwave hits the city | amNewYork

Residents hit the pools as heatwave hits the city

The Sunset Park pool was crowded with families on this very hot summer day, unlike Friday when it was lightly attended. Angel Ocacio comes up for air. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Eight city pools opened on Friday to small crowds as temperatures soared into the 90s. The demand for watery respite has been huge since word got out that the pools were beginning to reopen under phasing plans addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, crowds surged at the open pools on Saturday and Sunday.

Seven more pools will reopen at the end of this week, the Parks Department said. The city is also considering issuing wrist-bands to pool attendees should the crowds surge beyond the reduced capacity to maintain social distancing. No wrist bands were issued on Saturday.

Abby Hughes, was preparing to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, but started her party by swimming with her dad Daniel at the Sunset Park pool.

“The water is good in the pool – I was at a different one last year just like this one,” she happily said, feeling much cooler.

Abby Hughes, was preparing to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, but started her party by swimming with her dad Daniel at the Sunset Park pool. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Sebastian Wong, 23-months-old, sprawled out on the concrete after taking a dip with his parents, who kept watch on him from in the water.

“It’s so nice and refreshing – it’s nice to be outside today in this warm weather,” said Sebastian’s dad Alan in the water with his wife Jennifer, next to their baby enjoying the warm concrete.

Sebastian Wong, 23-months-old, sprawled out on the concrete after taking a dip with his parents, watching from in the water. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Noel Morales played with his two sons in the pool, staying in the water so as not to have to wear their masks.

“It’s so hot, the summer is so hot,” said Samuel Morales as he played with his brother Manuel. “We were here last summer and couldn’t wait for it to open. The water is cold, you can just play around and you do a lot of stuff, just like the beach with no sand.”

Samuel Morales played with his brother Manuel and dad Noel. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

All staff, with the exception of lifeguards, will also be required to wear face coverings at all times and will be required to clean “high-touch areas” like pool ladders, drinking fountains, shower controls, door handles, sinks, toilets, and urinals multiple times a day. Pool deck furniture like picnic tables, chairs, and lounges will be cleaned twice a day.

The Sunset Park pool was crowded with families on this very hot summer day, unlike yesterday when it was lightly attended. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Staff will also frequently walk through waiting areas and locker rooms to make sure that no congregating takes place. The number of benches in locker rooms has also been reduced to ensure that visitors sit at least six feet apart.

New signs reminding patrons to keep social distancing have also been added outside of the reopening public pools. The pavement outside of pools has also been set up with markings spaced six-feet apart to help space out those in line.

The Sunset Park pool was crowded with families on this very hot summer day, unlike Friday when it was lightly attended. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
The Sunset Park pool was crowded with families on this very hot summer day, unlike Friday when it was lightly attended. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
A pool attendee takes a running leap, eager to get into the pool. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
The Sunset Park pool was crowded with families on this very hot summer day, unlike yesterday when it was lightly attended. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Neil Pare jumps to his dad Drew. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

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