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Public swim areas in Putnam County set to reopen

While drowning remains a risk in any body of water, people in Putnam County and elsewhere now also have to contend with coronavirus.  But public pools are set to reopen, with New York State-issued guidance regarding distancing, masks and enhanced cleaning.  County Executive MaryEllen Odell says pool operators are submitting individual plans describing how they will uphold social distancing and mask-wearing practices, and what measures for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces will be in place.  Six feet of separation will be required between groups of patrons at pools and beaches, and each group will be limited to ten individuals from a household or family unit. Masks should not be worn in the water, but distancing should be maintained there. On the pool deck or beach, masks must be worn if six feet of distance is not possible between one group and another.