Nothing says summer quite like taking a refreshing dip. After not opening last year due to COVID-19, the public pools are making a comeback in a big way in Oak Park.

The Park District of Oak Park has announced the Rehm Park pool, 515 Garfield St., will be the first to open beginning Saturday, May 29, with the Ridgeland Commons pool, 414 Lake St., opening the following Saturday on June 11.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Some of the expected restrictions have also been ditched, thanks to new COVID-19 safety guidelines. Both pools will have extended capacities. Swimmers will not have to make reservations. Passholders get early access to pools and can enjoy two and a half hours’ worth of pool time. Those who don’t have passes get an hour and a half timeslots and 50 minutes for lap swimming.

The park district is introducing a new contact-free check-in procedure as well for fast, easy and safe pool admittance. Upon arriving to the pool, staff will scan pool goers’ digital access cards.

To access digital cards, residents must download the Amilia app, which is available for both iPhones and Androids. Once the app is opened, tap the option to view account, which will bring the user to the card and a barcode. Staff will then scan the barcode to check the guest in.

People can also still use their universal access cards or pool employees can look up the names of guests in a park district system. Guests can also pay the daily admission fee to enter the pool. To allow everyone a chance to swim, the park district asks that people limit their pool time to one session per day.

As the threat of COVID-19 has not been entirely eradicated, some safety guidelines are still in place, including maintaining social distancing. People are required to wear masks when not in the pool, as well. Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or feel sick should stay home.

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