Mayor reopens 15 swimming pools in New York City amid coronavirus pandemic


NEW YORK – Eight public swimming pools will open this week, despite concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus, as a heat wave hangs over New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.“It’s going to bring a lot of relief,” de Blasio said. “We will do our best to provide as many people as possible the opportunity to experience these pools.”

Swimming pools in all five boroughs will open on Friday with social distancing measures in place to protect swimmers from the virus, de Blasio said.

These pools are the Mullaly Pool in the Bronx, the Sunset and Kosciuszko Pools in Brooklyn, the Wagner Pool in Manhattan, the Liberty and Fisher Pools in Queens, and the Tottenville and Lyons Pools in Staten Island.

Seven more pools will reopen next week, de Blasio said.

New York remains under a heat advisory Thursday with temperatures in the upper 90s and high humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

While de Blasio previously said it would be too risky to reopen the swimming pools, the mayor admitted that the hot weather and steady progress in tackling the spread had changed his mind.

Thursday’s follow-up indicators show 69 new cases of COVID-19 hospitalizations, 297 ICU patients and a positive test rate of 2%, de Blasio said.

“We have to be very careful,” de Blasio said. “We have a lot of work to do, we have a lot of work to do.”


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