The town’s public pools have been open for several days. Despite Montreal’s transition to the yellow zone, swimmers will again be able to enjoy the pools for 45 minutes this year, after which there will be a rotation.
The National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) indicates that the main risk of COVID-19 transmission in bathing areas is through close contact with an infected person both in and out of the water.
The virus is transmitted mainly through contacts at a distance of less than two meters and through prolonged contacts, that is, more than 15 minutes. However, as there is currently no evidence to indicate that COVID-19 can be transmitted through water, INSPQ considers the risk of transmission while sailing to be low.
To ensure sufficient distance, signs will be placed on the Verdun swimming areas to attract public attention. There is nothing that would indicate that the rescuer on duty will have to monitor the observance of the distance between people. “We ask swimmers to cooperate fully with them regarding sanitary regulations,” the municipality of Verdun said in an email.
The capacity of the Verdun and L’le-des-Sœurs pools has been reassessed to comply with current sanitary measures. The number of people authorized on the site may change over the summer, depending on the evolution of public health regulations.
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The Verdun area has four swimming and children’s pools, twelve water playgrounds and a city beach.
At the moment Natatorium (6500 boul. LaSalle) can accommodate 259 people in both the large pool and 50 people in the children’s pool. At Arthur-Therrien Park (3910, boul. Gaétan-Laberge) 63 swimmers can swim in the pool and 14 swimmers in the children’s pool. At L’Ile-des-Sœurs, the pools at De La Fontaine Park (550, place de la Fontaine) and Elgar Park (260, rue Elgar) hold 52 people and 7 in the children’s pool.
Please note that if the pool capacity has not been reached, there is no time limit for swimmers on the site.
In addition, toilets will be available at all times, but changing rooms will be closed.
Swimming areas cannot be reserved. The opening hours of the four swimming pools in the area are from 11 am to 8 pm, daily.