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Families Pack NYC Pools Over Opening Weekend As Tri-State Area Faces Another Possible Heat Wave

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Families packed city pools for the first weekend they've been open this summer.

As temperatures go up, so will the number of people seeking relief from the heat, but in the age of the coronavirus, there are new rules.

Mia Robinson cooled off with a splash at Mullaly Pool in the Bronx, brought there by her grandfather Moez Ayari.

"We live a couple blocks away from here. We don't have to travel all the way to Coney Island or whatever. It's close by, we can swim, have a good time," Ayari told CBS2's Dave Carlin.

"It's fine because we're staying social distancing," Mia said.

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It was sweet heat wave relief at Mullaly Pool, but not all of New York City's pools are open.

Eight of the city's 53 outdoor city pools are back, staffed with ambassadors to help enforce new rules.

New York City Opens Some Public Pools With Reduced Capacity
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: People enter the pool at Mullaly Park on the second day of opening following the phase four guideline in response to the Covid-19 pandemic on July 25, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York City. New York City pools open with limited capacity and safety guidelines install such as masks required while not in the pool. A wrist band and queue system are in place if the pool is at capacity. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

On the way in, markers on the ground are spaced six feet apart.

The select pools are allowed to operate 70% capacity.

Abel Sanchez, of Highbridge, had a short wait at the gate, just a few minutes.

"It's pretty great because I guess that I'm able to enjoy summertime," he said.

Pool rules were enforced repeatedly -- lectures from lifeguards, ambassadors insisting on mask manners, and repeated reminders from loudspeakers playing loud and clear.

"Remember, when you're on the deck, you must wear face coverings," one announcement said.

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"Over the speakers, I mean every, like, 15, 20 minutes, they announce it, so I definitely feel safe. Otherwise I wouldn't be here," Ayari said.

"We are at a distance, we're just together with the family," Tangee Williams, of Highbridge, said. "There's not too many people because everybody is spaced out and you're sitting here comfortable."

Seven more public pools will open Aug. 1:

  • Crotona Pool, the Bronx
  • Haffen Pool, the Bronx
  • Betsy Head Pool, Brooklyn
  • Jackie Robinson Pool, Manhattan
  • Marcus Garvey Pool, Manhattan
  • Astoria Pool, Queens

The following pools opened Friday:

  • Mullaly in Highbridge, the Bronx
  • Sunset in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Kosciuszko in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  • Wagner in East Harlem, Manhattan
  • Liberty in Jamaica, Queens
  • Fisher in East Elmhurst, Queens
  • Tottenville in Tottenville, Staten Island
  • Lyons in Tompkinsville, Staten Island

City pools will remain open through Sept. 7.

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