HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Community Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement posted to the Hackettstown Police Department’s Facebook page Friday morning, Mayor Maria DiGiovanni said “After much thought, discussions and consideration, it has been decided that the Hackettstown Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season. This decision was not at all an easy one to make, however the following had to be considered.”
The statement continues: “First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone who utilizes the Hackettstown Pool, both Hackettstown residents and visitors from out of the area. As well as the employees and staff of the pool and Town.”
“The logistics of monitoring the restrictions of COVID -19; reduced capacity of attendance, social distancing, maintaining restrooms, locker rooms, etc. with the increased restrictive policies, would be cost prohibitive and extremely difficult to maintain the quality daily operations of the pool,” DiGiovanni said.
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 153 permitting these facilities to open as of June 22. Facilities are required to develop a COVID-19 Pool Operation Prevention Plan that complies with the guidelines and the Executive Order.
The guidelines include parameters for reduced capacity; social distancing in and out of the water; enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures; and other measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pools facilities are defined as conventional pools, hot tubs, spas, wading pools, special purpose pools, pools operated by or serving campgrounds, clubs, churches, cities, common interest communities, counties as well as other types outlined in the guidelines.
“Again, our ultimate goal is the health and safety of all concerned. We wish everyone a healthy summer and look forward to the 2021 Hackettstown Pool Season,” DiGiovanni said.