Boston public pools are open but require an appointment

Mayor Kim Janey on Saturday announced that Boston’s two outdoor pools — the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Clougherty Pool in Charlestown and Mirabella Pool in the North End — are open for the summer season, and several indoor pools run by BCYF also are open for residents looking to cool off when the weather warms up this week.

“It’s important that our residents can access cooling options in our neighborhoods throughout the summer,” Janey said in a statement. “We are looking forward to welcoming more people back to our pools along with offering an expanded menu of summer programming and activities for young people at the community centers.”

Due to the statewide lifeguard shortage, hours of operation at BCYF pools will be reduced until all vacancies are filled.

Visitors must register for a swim time slot at Registration will go live 24 hours before the following day’s sessions and will remain open until all spots are taken or until the session is half over, whichever comes first.

When registering for a session, visitors will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. Everyone must wear face coverings while indoors and not in the water. Masks also are recommended for people who are not vaccinated while outdoors.

Swimming lessons, which would require close physical contact, will not be offered this summer, but will be this fall, according to the city.

Social distancing of at least three feet is required for all people outside of a household group and applies to deck areas, bathrooms, wading areas, the water and the pool deck.



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