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Pools, summer camps, gyms get OK to reopen soon

CITY HALL – To the relief of parents and children alike, swimming pools and youth summer camps can begin operating as of June 1, the city’s health director has announced.

Dr. Fredrick Echols said in his Order No. 9, which took effect on Friday, that many venues could reopen in the next few weeks, if – and that’s an important point – they comply with all the guidelines he has laid out for their specific operations.

Summer day camps and pools can open on June 1.

“Gyms, fitness centers, and facilities for yoga, pilates, dance studios, and related activities” can open on June 8, Echols’ order says.

Cultural institutions and tourist attractions must each draw up a detailed operating plan and have it reviewed and approved by the city including the Department of Health. So far, the St. Louis Zoo has announced its reopening for June 13, and the Missouri Botanical Garden will reopen on June 16.

On a more serious note, funeral homes can reopen for services, providing social distancing rules are followed as with churches.

Whatever guidance and standards have not been updated from previous health orders are still in effect, Echols noted.

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