In several Montreal boroughs, these outdoor facilities will have to close for at least one more summer, due to recommendations from the Institut de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), updated in mid-May.
According to the latter,
fill-empty basins should not be opened. A notice, maintained despite the gradual deconfinement announced by the Government of Quebec, followed by the City of Montreal and the boroughs concerned.
This decision, however, has no connection with a possible transmission of COVID-19 in water, says theINSPQQuebec National Institute of Public Health.
At present, there is no proof of the presence of a risk of transmission of COVID-19 via swimming water, both in artificial and natural environments.
In reality, this type of basin has no
water circulation system, which leads to
daily emptying and disinfection.
Considering the difficulty of maintaining adequate concentrations of disinfectants, it is recommended not to operate this type of installation in the current context., mentions the sanitary institute.
La Fontaine Park in Montreal normally offers changing rooms for swimmers.
Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers
In total, around ten paddling pools, dilapidated but often very busy every summer, are concerned and will remain inaccessible, sometimes for an indefinite period.
For example, the wading pools in Jarry and Jeanne-Mance parks, at the foot of Mount Royal, will not open to the public until next year, but no renovations are planned.
This is not the case on the side of La Fontaine Park. Due to a plumbing problem, one of the two paddling pools has not been functional since 2018. The other, also of the fill-empty type, will remain closed. A transformation into water games, by 2023, is planned as part of the redevelopment of the site, which was presented this winter.
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Good news, however, for the residents of Ville-Marie. The paddling pool in the Parc des Vétérans, closed last year,
is now repaired and will be open this summer, explains the City of Montreal.