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Reopening Pool Policies and Rules

Wayside Athletic Club will be following the state and federal guidelines as well as other safety protocols.   Wayside Athletic Club will conduct employee training to inform each staff member of the CDC guidelines, including social distancing, as well as the proper cleaning protocol that is expected of staff and of our members, along with each new operating protocol.

To facilitate a safe and healthy working environment for our staff and our members, we have established the following criteria for the indoor and outdoor pools. Complete club protocols can be found here

 As of Thursday July 2, 2020, the governor has kept the seating capacity at 40% of total outdoor occupany. That number is 76

Please be aware that outdoor pool seating may require you to wait to enter the club. 


  • Inflatables, noodles, balls are prohibited
  • Glass containers and alcohol are prohibited
  • Outside food delivery is prohibited
  • Bringing your own chair is prohibited


  • Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device that attaches to your body
  • Members may bring their own food from home to the outdoor pool area and are required to place any trash in the cans provided

OUTDOOR POOL AREA (social swim only)

  • Due to Covid-19 and limited seating, guests are not allowed
  • Facemasks will be required outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained at the outdoor pool
  • Weekdays the outdoor pool is open 12 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Weekends the outdoor pool is open 10 am -7:30 pm
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult at the pool
  • A cleansing shower is required before entering the pool by Massachusetts state law
  • The main club closes at 4 pm on weekends
  • Access to the club will not be allowed during this time as we will begin our sanitizing process
  • Exit the pool area via the gate from the far side of the building towards the parking lot
  • Please do not move chairs as they are in a specified area for group size
  • Due to limited seating, you cannot reserve a chair and leave the pool area and come back
  • The snack shack will be closed for the summer season
  • We have put cones on chairs to signify that they have been disinfected
  • Leave the cone off and flip the back of the chair all the way forward to signify that the chair needs to be disinfected
  • Please let the front desk staff know that you are leaving so that they can open that seating area up again
  • The outdoor pool is for social swimming only (no lap swimming)
  • The one lap lane will be for Deep End Tests Only (no lap swimming)

INDOOR POOL AREA (lap swim only)

  • Lap lanes must be reserved through the front desk. (begins phase 3)
  • Facemasks are required when entering the indoor pool area
  • Lap swimming is for ages 14 and over
  • One person per lane
  • One hour max reservation is allowed 24 hours in advance
  • If you are more than five minutes late your lane will be forfeited if there is a waitlist
  • Place your facemask in a ziplock bag at the end of the pool while swimming
  • Put your facemask on when exiting the indoor pool
  • Follow the marked traffic pattern for entering and exiting
  • Weekdays the indoor pool is open 5:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Weekends the indoor pool is open 7 am – 3:30 pm
  • A cleansing shower is required before entering the pool by Massachusetts state law
  • In the first stage of reopening we will not open the hot tub out of an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing

Thunder/Lightning Policy

  • If thunder and/or lightning is within 20 miles of the club, the outdoor pools will be closed for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder, as determined by the Aquatics Director.
  • Since the main club is closed during Phase 2 of reopening members will need to take your belongings and go to their cars if they choose to wait
  • The all clear whistle will blow when you can return
  • Chairs will be disinfected prior to returning
  • When returning you will need to check back in
  • Delayed opening or closure will be posted on our homepage and social media pages
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