Maryland Blogger: MoCo Pools To Remain Closed Through Memorial Day Weekend

MoCo Pools To Remain Closed Through Memorial Day Weekend

MoCo Pools To Remain Closed Through Memorial Day Weekend


Montgomery County, Maryland health officials announced that public and private community pools will not open Memorial Day weekend for the traditional start of summer, due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the health and safety of patrons and employees. Restrictions apply to pools operated by Montgomery County Recreation, as well as apartment and condominium complex pools, and private swim clubs.


“We know that many in the community equate pool openings with the official start of the summer season, but ongoing COVID-19 restrictions make it impossible to safely open so that swimmers and employees are protected from the spread,” said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles.


The Department of Health and Human Services’ Licensure & Regulatory Services program recommends that pool operators:

Continue with all pre-opening maintenance and repairs until further guidance and information is released by the Maryland Department of Health.

Contact Licensure & Regulatory Services to schedule a pre-opening inspection. Inspections are taking place.

Prepare now, as there may be a delay in scheduling an inspection once an opening date is announced.

When a reopening date is announced, there will likely be prevention practices in place that highlight handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, the wearing of face coverings, where feasible; and space modifications to ensure physical distancing.

Montgomery County Recreation has seven public outdoor pools:

Bethesda Outdoor Pool;

Germantown Outdoor Pool;

Long Branch Outdoor Pool;

Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Pool;

Sara E. Auer Western County Outdoor Pool;

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool; and

Upper County Outdoor Pool.

Indoor pools will remain closed. When pools reopen, patrons can expect to see new procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone. New procedures may include, but are not limited to:


Admission for County residents and current pass holders only;

Limiting the number of people admitted into the pool;


Closure of some pool features;

Ensuring people maintain physical distancing of at least six feet on the pool deck; and

Requesting that people bring their own pool chairs.

To schedule a pre-opening inspection, contact Licensure & Regulatory Services at 240-777-3986 or call 311.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsRoy Kelley • May 18 2020 11:36PM


REMINDER: All Playgrounds Remain Closed

Our playgrounds remain closed, because of the COVID-19 crisis. The weather is getting warmer, and the three-day holiday weekend is ahead. We know you are getting outdoors for exercise and to play. But, even if there is no fencing, all playgrounds remain closed. Learn more:


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Hi Roy - pools may stay closed but what about the beaches for memorial day.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Hello Roy,  I saw in my Morning Call Newspaper for Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley is keeping all pools closed this summer


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

The pools here are remaining closed as well.  There is no projected open day yet.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Morning Roy

Our pools are closed until further notice.  No idea of when they will reopen, if at all, this year

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 4 months ago

Hello Roy - when I saw your post title, I immediately thought of Myrl Jeffcoat and Sacramento as I know she is an avid swimmer.  I am glad to see she has already commented although her announcement is likely one heard in many communities across the country.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

So sad for so many families this holiday weekend, but we have to be safe!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 4 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Good Monday morning to all. Have a very special Memorial Day.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago