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    Pools reopening amid virus?

    I'm curious if other mers are seeing pools around them opening or staying closed? Where I am in Texas, it's kind of a mix. Some cities are not wanting to open aquatic centers, while others are doing so in the next week. Some lakes/beaches are not opening, some are. All with limited capacity.



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    I live in southern/central FL (depending on who you ask) and I don't know of any public pools reopening around me? But apartment pools have opened back up. I know that the springs are also open again. I'm not comfortable going to them, yet, although I'm absolutely dying to. :/ If my apartment's pool was reliably empty maybe I'd go for a quick dip, but there are some families with kids who are taking advantage a lot of the day and I know they need the entertainment more than I do lol.

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    I live in Phoenix Arizona. My apartment pool open and I want to say 2 days ago. And our public pool supposedly open on the 13th. I haven't checked any of their website to see if they actually did open but I know that's when the governor allow them open. We have a couple of lakes but I'm not close enough to any of them to know if they've opened or not and no beaches here

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    Honestly I would think apartment pools opening are the worst idea. At least at the 2 apartments I lived at, and the ones I have visited where other people live, it is hard to control how many people you have in the pool. Or the pools are plain nasty. People will jump the fence off hours, or you have weirdos coming in from outside the complex to use the pool. I wouldn't trust it one bit. I'm grateful an indoor place near me will be open, if only for a fitness swim (lap lanes!).

    Lakes are easier, I don't need a designated swimming area or beach. I will park my car and walk to where I want to swim. Like I said, some beaches are opening next week. Others are staying closed, but the state parks where they are located are open, but one could still swim there without a designated swimming area.

    Some cities are flat out not opening anything for the summer, I'm hoping the one close to me with a nice indoor pool decides to reopen. Only costs $2 to get in!

    I have debated buying a small inflatable pool for my backyard, but want to hold off til I know how all this pool opening business goes. Rather go to a pool/lake than run up my water bill right now.



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    See, I’m more comfortable with a pool in some ways because we do have studies showing that appropriate levels of chlorine kill the virus in the water. But I don’t think we really know anything about how it might exist or spread in freshwater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerEmma View Post
    See, Iím more comfortable with a pool in some ways because we do have studies showing that appropriate levels of chlorine kill the virus in the water. But I donít think we really know anything about how it might exist or spread in freshwater.
    I'd be more worried about the person less than 10 metres away from you sneezing, coughing or shouting in your direction.
    And even if the "distance" is kept (who stays away 10 metres? Less, and their droplets can reach you), if there is wind it will be distributed everywhere, and you don't stay put in place either.
    Can't imagine many putting on facemasks while swimming, either.

    Since I'm living in the awful country whose citizens consider it their given right to infect everyone else as they please (everyday strikes and protests against simple precautions), I'm certainly not setting a foot anywhere near other people this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echidna View Post
    I'd be more worried about the person less than 10 metres away from you sneezing, coughing or shouting in your direction.
    And even if the "distance" is kept (who stays away 10 metres? Less, and their droplets can reach you), if there is wind it will be distributed everywhere, and you don't stay put in place either.
    Can't imagine many putting on facemasks while swimming, either.

    Since I'm living in the awful country whose citizens consider it their given right to infect everyone else as they please (everyday strikes and protests against simple precautions), I'm certainly not setting a foot anywhere near other people this summer.
    Oh, yes, being around other people in general is a huge risk as well. I just feel that if I had the choice between a pool deck with nobody around at that moment, or a natural body of water with nobody around at that moment, I personally would feel safer in pool water because of the chemicals. Can I ask where in Europe you are? As an American obviously a lot of my news is very US-centric but based on your description of daily protests I would've thought you were living here.

    Having said that, this seems like the right place to share this, an immunologist expert's very detailed look at the virus and how it spreads: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the...hem-avoid-them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echidna View Post
    I'd be more worried about the person less than 10 metres away from you sneezing, coughing or shouting in your direction.
    And even if the "distance" is kept (who stays away 10 metres? Less, and their droplets can reach you), if there is wind it will be distributed everywhere, and you don't stay put in place either.
    Can't imagine many putting on facemasks while swimming, either.

    Since I'm living in the awful country whose citizens consider it their given right to infect everyone else as they please (everyday strikes and protests against simple precautions), I'm certainly not setting a foot anywhere near other people this summer.
    I don't swim the strangers anyway so It's not a huge issue for me. If there are other people (ie kids) in my apartment pool I don't go anywhere near it! A public pool is harder to do that with but I'm sure they'd be limiting the number of people able to get in at any given time.
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    Update on my area for some perspective. The indoor pool is fitness swim only. Max ppl is 13. The beach opening is making ppl buy parking passes online. Their limit is 160 cars. So that can still equal 200+ plus people at the beach. Their passes aren't bought out much right now, maybe 50 for the weekend. I wanna go sooo bad but it's supposed to rain.



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    When the government stops calling it a pandemic, we no longer see 2nd waves and there is no more lockdowns. Then I'll start going to the pool again.
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    I won't be setting foot in any pools what so ever until it is absolutely safe to do so. Other people swimming you run the risk of catching corona as as disgusting as it sounds people's saliva Omomgst other thing will be in that pool at it will end up in your mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerEmma View Post
    Can I ask where in Europe you are? As an American obviously a lot of my news is very US-centric but based on your description of daily protests I would've thought you were living here.
    US protests as well? sheesh.
    I'm smack in middle Europe, traveling a lot though and hoping to resettle elsewhere. I'd like to go back to China, but I have a feeling it wouldn't be that advantageous for a mermaid at the moment

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    I have a couple of lakes that I can *sometimes* swim in, and with no one else around, so low virus risk. No pool concerns here.

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