AUSTIN, Texas - Barton Springs Pool officially reopens to the public today but there are some changes you should know about before you head out to swim.
It's been nearly three months since the iconic Austin attraction has been open to the public and with summer in full swing many are hoping to be able to get some relief from the heat.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department classifies Barton Springs Pool as a regional aquatic facility and reservations will now be required to enter the pool.
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Barton Springs Pool will be open from 5 a.m. until 7 a.m. for unguarded early morning lap swims that do not require a reservation.
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Both the north and south access points will be open allowing for about 225 reservations per entrance for each two-hour time slot.
Officials say it's important to be able to offer a safe place to cool off while keeping consistent with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
While you no longer have to pay to get in, the reservations will be required from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests must enter at the gate associated with their ticket and you'll be screened 30 minutes before your reservation.
When you're not swimming you will be required to wear a face covering.
The pool will remain closed for now on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. You can get more details and make a reservation by going to the city's website.
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