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The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced June 1, 2020 that its two outdoor pools will remain closed for the summer in order to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Numerous factors contributed to the difficult decision, including the challenges these facilities present in implementing physical distancing and other safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Monroe County Health Department to limit the spread of COVID-19. An additional factor in the decision was the closure of indoor pool facilities where lifeguards and other aquatic facility personnel are normally trained during the spring season to operate the pools.

"We have been managing the effects of COVID-19 in every facet of our Parks and Recreation Department's programs, events and facilities since early March. Even then, we started planning in the hopes of opening two of our city's most popular summer destinations: Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool," said Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Administrator Paula McDevitt. "After consulting with our state and national associations, and researching public health recommendations, we came to the difficult conclusion that, in the grand scheme of our responsibilities, keeping the pools closed is the right decision for the community.”

City parks and trails have remained open throughout the pandemic, with the city encouraging visitors to follow guidelines intended to slow the spread of COVID-19: maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from other people, staying home if showing symptoms, and practicing good personal hygiene.