Beachgoers and swimmers will have to look elsewhere if they're hoping to cool off in a lake or public pool this summer. The City of Bloomington made the announcement Wednesday, in addition to cancelling all summer Parks and Recreation events and activities through the summer.
"The need for social distancing measures, limited group sizes, and cleaning and disinfecting requirements do not allow the City to safely offer its summer programs and facilities, including the pool and the beach," the city said in a release.
Bloomington officials say the decision to close beaches – swimming isn't allowed either – and public pools follows decisions and guidance recommended by Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health and the DNR.
"Scenarios from the governor’s office predict the COVID epidemic will peak in Minnesota in early July. The City interprets this to mean people will continue to get sick beyond that peak projection date, and public health and safety measures will be needed well into July and August," the release says.
It's true that the latest COVID-19 model from the University of Minnesota and state health department projects a peak of outbreak during this first wave of the pandemic to hit Minnesota some time between mid-to-late June and early August.
It's been well over a month since the City of Minneapolis closed its beaches for the entire summer.