Lexington will not open pools this summer

Lexington’s public pools will not open this summer because of the health risks of COVID-19, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

The City is following broad guidance from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and the CDC. Other Kentucky cities, including Covington and Paducah, have also closed their pools this summer.

“Protecting the health of our citizens and our employees has to come first,” Gorton said. “The Governor and the CDC are encouraging us to practice social distancing. Children and swimming pools just don’t make for good social distancing. As much as I would like to open our pools this summer, it’s not responsible.”

Gorton thanked Lexington citizens for everything they are doing to keep the virus in check.

“When you are making the decision to be healthy at home, to observe social distancing or to wash your hands, you are saving lives,” Gorton said. “Thanks to our citizens, Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers have remained low and we have done a good job of protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”