*Please see a media release below issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — July 3, 2020 — Summer is here and Burlington’s outdoor pools will open sooner than originally planned. LaSalle Pool will open on July 4. Mountainside and Nelson Outdoor Pools will open on July 11 for Lap and Leisure Swims.
To support Provincial Guidelines on the safe reopening of pools, pool access will now be done through online registration and pre-payment for Burlington residents only. There will be no walk-in pool access accepted at this time. To create an account and/or register, go to liveandplay.burlington.ca.
To help ensure physical distancing, the number of swimmers allowed in each pool will be restricted. Time-limits will also be in place to allow more people to enjoy the pools and for staff to disinfect the area for the next group of swimmers.
To view the programs and times, go to burlington.ca/summer.
Residents will have an opportunity to register no more than 25-hours before the start of the program. Residents are asked to book only one swim per day to help accommodate as many swimmers as possible and to complete a health screening questionnaire.
“We’re very excited to be bringing back our outdoor pools for lap and leisure swims. Summers of swimming are what many kids grow up on and have great memories. I know our lap swimmers are likely to be just as excited to get back into the pool, too. The rules in place for this year have been provided by our Public Health Officials and Provincial Guidelines and are in place for the safety of all swimmers. Please remember to register and pay for your time online before coming to the pool.” — Rob Axiak, Acting-Director of Recreation Services, City of Burlington
New Procedures at the Pools
The health and safety of Burlington residents is the upmost importance. In compliance with the Provincial Guidelines for opening aquatic facilities and for the health and safety of all guests, the following standards will be in effect:
- Bring proof of registration to the pool;
- Enter the pool using only the entry point; exit the pool using only the exit point at the opposite end of the pool;
- Outdoor showers will be available for use before entering and re-entering the pool;
- Use of changerooms is limited to washroom use only; guests should arrive wearing swimming attire and to change and shower at home afterwards;
- On-deck viewing is not available;
- Physical distance of 2m (6ft) must always be maintained; within the pool and on the pool deck;
- Guests will be asked to exit the deck area without delay after each swim to allow for cleaning and disinfection before the next swim;
- Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as use of deck furniture will be restricted;
- Guests are encouraged to bring their own filled plastic water bottles – water fountains will not be available;
- All play equipment will not be in use, including: splash features, diving boards, climbing wall, and waterslide;
- Regular supervision requirements apply. Visit burlington.ca/playstandards.
The pools will be divided into double lanes. Registered swimmers are to swim clockwise on the black line of one lane and come back on the black line of the next lane, forming a loop.
To help support physical distancing, Mountainside and Nelson Pools will be divided into shallow, middle and deep areas.
Burlington is ranked as Canada’s best community and best place to raise a family. It is a City where people, nature and businesses thrive. As residents continue to rediscover many of their favourite spaces and activities in the city, City services may look different as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City’s commitment to providing the community with essential services remains a priority. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and download the free City of Burlington app.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
It’s great news for our community that we’ll be opening up some of our outdoor pools earlier than expected, particularly with the hotter temperatures we’ve seen and can expect this summer. We encourage people to take the appropriate precautions when they head to our pools to beat the heat.
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at email@example.com or online.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist