Time to make a splash in Iowa City.

Residents there may have been excited at hopeful at the news of planned reopenings of the municipal pools in Cedar Rapids. Now comes news from their own Parks and Recreation Department of a "phased" system of reopening city pools.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette had the story, noting that Mercer Aquatic Center is already open. Both residents and non-residents of Iowa City can take a dip there, with reservations at a cost of $4 per 45-minute time block.

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They are available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for adults 16 years or older. Reservations are required. Reservations for water fitness classes begin in mid-April and classes will keep individuals spaced 6 feet apart.

If you had an annual swim pass that was previously deactivated, there's good news. They will be reactivated May 3 and valid at both Mercer Aquatic Center, and Iowa City Park pool, which will be open this summer.

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These are the COVID-19 guidelines that will be in place when Iowa City pools open:

  • No one will be admitted without a reservation.
  • Visitors will be asked to follow the general COVID-19 safety practices and guidelines. That includes 6 feet of social distance from one another, wearing a mask when not actively in the water, refraining from gathering, and exiting the facility promptly at the end of the reservation.

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