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Las Vegas area public pools open soon, coronavirus safety guidelines in place

Posted at 1:07 PM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 08:25:26-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The summer season is here and that means people around Las Vegas want to get out and cool off at the pool.

According to the Center For Disease Control, the coronavirus can not survive in properly disinfected pools.

Still, there are government safety mandates in place to be aware of. So when you’re on your way to a public pool, be prepared.

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"We have some restrictions still in place," said Clark County spokesperson Travis Smith.

"One of the big ones is that we require masks when entering the facility and when not actively swimming in the pool," he said. "So if you’re out on the deck you need to be wearing a mask but in the pool, you don’t need it."

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You do not have to wear a mask on waterslides or other pool features.

Capacity limits remain in place and the county encourages social distancing.

Another thing: while reservations are recommended for indoor facilities, you don’t need a reservation for the seasonal outdoor pools. So just suit up and come out.

"It’s exciting to see people swimming at the facilities," said Smith. "It’s always a good time. You never see a frown, always big smiles. That’s something that we are really looking forward to this year."

If you’re looking for work, it’s not too late to apply for a job with Clark County Aquatics.

"COVID restrictions really affected our ability to fill out lifeguard training classes and get staff at our pools," explained Smith. "So we are a little short-staffed at a lot of our facilities."

"We are definitely hiring for anyone interested in being a lifeguard," he added. "We also need additional people for sanitation and stuff like that."

The City of Las Vegas has similar rules in place.

For indoor pools like the Pavilion Center Pool and Municipal Pool, masks are required.

The city's outdoor pools will open at the end of the month. All pools have an 80% capacity limit until June 1.

Many public pools are opening Memorial Day Weekend.

You can find more information on the City of Las Vegas pool safety rules and when they open for the summer season here.

For Clark County pool information click here.