After closing in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, the SLO Swim Center was open again Monday with modified access and new health and safety guidelines.
People wearing protective masks lined up Monday outside the facility starting at 6 a.m. for a chance to lap swim, pool exercise, and use the therapy pool.
The San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department is implementing an online reservation system, where visitors are required to reserve an individual lap lane or portion of the therapy pool.
To abide by social distancing guidelines, only one swimmer is allowed in a lane at a time and a maximum of six people permitted in the therapy pool.
Each time slot at the pool allows for 30 reservations. Guests are asked to arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled pool time.
Use of the SLO Swim Center is included for YMCA members, who are eager to take a dip.
"At least 30 percent of our membership base if not slightly higher than that will utilize the pool for lap swim, water exercise as well," SLO YMCA COO Keola Taniguchi said. "It's extremely important for those that aren't able to do the traditional land exercises. Being in the water takes a lot of pressure and weight off the legs but you still get an amazing workout."
Across town, the Laguna Lake Golf Course on Los Osos Valley Road reopens Tuesday.
Reservations are required at the golf course, as well, and groups of players are limited to two people per tee time.
The driving range is available at reduced occupancy and no lessons or group play are allowed.
To make a reservation for the pool or golf course, visit the city Parks and Recreation Department.