Del. coronavirus recovery: Wilmington to open public pools next week

Eden Park's pool is one of four public swimming facilities in Wilmington that open Wednesday with COVID-19 restrictions. (City of Wilmington)

Eden Park's pool is one of four public swimming facilities in Wilmington that open Wednesday with COVID-19 restrictions. (City of Wilmington)

As of Friday, Delaware reported 11,017 coronavirus cases, including 37 in the last 24 hours. The number of related deaths was unchanged at 507 and 78 patients are currently hospitalized, a drop of 15 since Thursday’s report.

Wilmington public pools to reopen July 1

Wilmington’s public swimming pools will reopen next week with COVID-19 health and safety precautions, city officials announced Friday.

A handful of parks and recreation events, including track meets and softball games, will also take place in July. In addition, playgrounds will soon reopen and basketball hoops at city parks are being reattached.

The four public pools open on Wednesday and will be limited to 60 percent capacity, at least for now. All pools will close for the summer on Saturday, Aug. 8. The sites and schedule are available at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/citypools.

Face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided, and each pool will have a dedicated employee responsible for cleaning and sanitizing  according to state guidelines.

Wilmington’s spray parks will remain closed until further notice.

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