Peirce Island Outdoor Pool opens June 21 in Portsmouth NH

PORTSMOUTH – The town of Peirce Island outdoor swimming pool is now slated to open for the season on June 21, with no reservations required, easing a coronavirus restriction that was previously scheduled. It will be limited to residents of Portsmouth only.

The recreation department’s decision to open the pool was made with advice from Portsmouth City Manager Karen Conard and City Health Officer Kim McNamara, according to the city’s announcement .

The swimming pool will be open from June 21 to August 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. There will be a limited number of swimmers at the same time. Free entry.

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The following security measures will be in place, the city said:

1. The pool house will be open, with all windows and doors open. Staff will monitor occupancy, so that it does not become overcrowded.

2. The pool will open with a capacity of 200 people, with guests being asked to maintain a physical distance between households in and around the pool.

3. Chairs will be placed on the deck as a group and visitors are requested not to move them.

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Swimming lessons are not planned at the moment due to the need for physical distance in the pool between the instructor and the students.

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Conard said: “The possibility of reopening the Peirce Island outdoor pool to something a little closer to normal is a prudent step for all of us. The biggest concern right now is that children under 12 still cannot be vaccinated. As a community, we should always be careful of those who for some reason cannot be vaccinated and are at risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable people. The data suggests, however, that being outdoors this summer is the best choice any of us can make. “

Richard F. Gandhi