One (of several) not-well-thought-out restrictions the City pronounced in its Covid protection rush was closing the spaced swimming lanes at the YMCAs of Honolulu. (The others included no park or beach use, then “solo” use, allowing customers to go to car showrooms but not furniture stores, and favoring big box merchants over small retailers selling mostly the same stuff.)
Now, Mayor Caldwell’s Tier 1 order yesterday will permit the Y pools to reopen. This is sensible because people need the exercise and the Ys were carefully disinfecting. Mine, the Kaimuki-Waialae facility, allowed 5 swimmers in 5 spaced lanes every 45 minutes. Then for 15 minutes, lifeguards disinfected everything swimmers might have touched. Then the next 5 were admitted. The waiting 5 (website reservations) had to keep their distance and wear their masks. Masks came off only upon entering the pool.
Here’s the email I got today. The Y should never have been required to close that pool.
The City and County of Honolulu’s “Tier 1” phase of their reopening plan allows pools to reopen starting Thursday, September 24. Indoor fitness facilities are not allowed to reopen in Tier 1. To allow time to recalibrate our pools and unfurlough needed staff members and lifeguards, the Y tentatively plans to reopen our pools to individual lap swimming beginning Monday, September 28. Under the City and County’s reopening plan, Fitness Centers are only allowed to offer outdoor activities limited to groups of no more than 5 people, starting Thursday, September 24. The Y is currently evaluating the possibility of adding group exercise classes of up to 5 people in our pools and in outdoor areas.
Details of our Y’s “Tier 1” reopening will be emailed to members on Wednesday, September 23, and posted on our website. In the meantime, we continue to offer a full schedule of live streaming group exercise classes that can be accessed by Y members through our online reservation system, with details on our website at https://www.ymcahonolulu.org/virtual-y