Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties And Detroit Dive Into Reopening Pools

WWJ News
June 02, 2020 - 1:32 pm

(WWJ) Metro Detroiters will be able to get their feet wet in no time -- with officials in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties and the City of Detroit planning to reopening public pools starting next week.

This comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted off the stay-at-home order yesterday, while announcing that several businesses will reopen in the coming days, including bars, restaurants ... and recreational pools.

Pools reopening will have limited capacity to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Oakland County announced that in order to align with State of Michigan emergency orders, effective June 8, the Health Division will rescind Emergency Health Order 2020-11, which closed all public swimming pools in the county. All public swimming pools in Oakland County will remain closed until that date.

In Macomb, effective immediately, Macomb County Health Department Emergency Public Health Order #2020-01, Closure of Swimming Pools, is rescinded and shall no longer be of force or effect.

But there's a caveat: All pools must be inspected before reopening. To schedule an opening inspection, contact the Macomb County Health Department, Environmental Health Division, at 586-469-5236.

In the City of Detroit, the health department also rescinded its pool closure order " effective immediately." Tuesday afternoon.

Noting that indoor pools must remain closed under Whitmer's order, Detroit Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair said Detroiters should remain vigilant as the actions of one can still affect the lives of many.

"We are still in a pandemic, and reasonable precautions including practicing social distancing and wearing a mask should continue, particularly when engaged in activities in close proximity to others where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater," Fair said. "Those participating in large group activities should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms including dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing or a sudden loss of smell or taste."

The last to follow suit was Wayne County, where the health department said, in accordance with the governor's order, pools there will also be allowed to open right away.

This about-face comes just a few days after all four health departments joined forces to announce they would keep public pools closed "indefinitely" to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases over the summer which could interview with schools reopening in the fall.