Reykjavík pools will reopen at 12.01am on Monday morning after two months of being closed. Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson made the announcement about Reykjavík pools on his Facebook page on Friday. This will mark the first time ever that municipal pools will be open for a “night swim,” Dagur noted.
The decision to open the pools so early, Dagur explained, has been made in order to ensure that pools are able to operate at half capacity, as COVID-19 precautions require, while also making sure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to take a dip at the first possible opportunity.
Pools in Selfoss, South Iceland will also open at 12:01 on Monday morning and there’s been no less excitement there. “We’re letting in pool-thirsty residents and guests as soon as possible,” explained Bragi Bjarnason, head of the Leisure and Culture division of Árborg, the municipality that Selfoss is part of. “A lot of people have been in touch over the last week. Especially to find out what the guidelines will be.”
There will, in fact, be specific limits on the number of people who can be in each area at the Selfoss pool: a max of eight people in each hot pot (jacuzzi), and a max of three in the sauna. Pink tape will be used to demarcate where people can sit in order to help guests remember to social distance.
“Yes, this means that some people will be tired at work on Monday, but not only will they be tired, they’ll first and foremost be clean and happy,” Dagur wrote. “See you at the pool!”