Cool Dell Swim and Tennis Club

Where the cool go to pool

COVID-19 Update

Memo from the board:

May 21, 2020

ST. LOUIS — Leaders in both St. Louis and St. Louis County announced Wednesday that some day camps and pools will be allowed to reopen beginning in June.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said during a Wednesday video briefing that while she does not expect city-run pools to re-open this summer, pools operated by other organizations will be allowed to reopen in June with some safety measures in place, including requirements that poolside chairs be cleaned between uses.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page echoed that timeline Wednesday, saying that pools should be able to reopen in early June, but added that the county would issue more detailed plans for safety precautions soon.

Link to Stl Today article

May 15, 2020

St. Louis county is beginning to open up. Unfortunately, facilities such as playgrounds and pools are not yet permitted. We continue to prepare the facility for the eventual opening.


  • Will there be a swim/dive season? We learned this week that the swim and dive seasons are cancelled for 2020. There was just no logistical way to facilitate practices and meets under the current guidelines. Full refunds were issued to those who have already paid.
  • I’ve already paid for 2020. What is the refund policy? We are waiting to learn when/if we will be allowed to open to provide options to our current members. We have received a lot of positive feedback from those of you who are eagerly awaiting a return to normalcy. We're with you, and we appreciate your support. 

May 1, 2020

Memorial Day, May 25 this year, is the traditional start of the pool season. It is historically one of our biggest days, as all of our members come out in the sun for the first time and the kids jump into the freezing cold water. Currently, there is no specific long-term mandate with respect to swimming pools related to COVID-19. The governor's "stay at home" executive order describes those essential businesses and services that can continue in operation. Facilities, like swimming pools, are not considered essential and should not operate under the current executive order.

We will have to wait and see if the executive order is extended or if any additional guidance will be forthcoming that impacts swimming pools.

As a board, however, we remain committed to open Cool Dell as soon as we are capable of doing so in a safe and legal manner.

That said, in general, associations like ours should follow the executive order and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines concerning social distancing. The CDC guidelines provide that individuals maintain a minimum distance of at least 6 feet from one another and prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.

This is a very fluid situation with guidance seemingly being revised each day. The board has been meeting more regularly to discuss our operating model, assuming the restrictions will eventually be lifted. In addition to the safety of our workers and our member’s ability to enjoy the pool, this has impact to a number of unseen variables such as insurance, food service, etc.

For now:

  • Will the pool open in 2020? We have every intention of opening. The only thing we know for sure at the moment is that the opening will not be on May 25 as previously planned.
  • Will there be a swim/dive season? We hope so, but this is out of our control. The league is in discussions on several possible scenarios.
  • Will concession stand be open? In some capacity, it will. The available items will almost certainly change to non-prepared food items only (pre-packaged chips, candy bars, canned sodas)
  • Will there be a limit of people at the pool? We don’t know until the county provides guidance
  • Will there be a limit of people on the deck? We don’t know until the county provides guidance
  • I’ve already paid for 2020. What is the refund policy? Worst case scenario, if the pool is closed for the entire summer, the board will provide options to those of you who have already paid. All of this rides on the guidance of the state and county. The board is committed to make sure you have the opportunity to get fair value for your membership.

The City of Manchester has some good information on their page about the current guidance from CDC, location of testing sites, and scamming activity:

Cool Dell Swim and Tennis Club is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 414 Dietrich Rd, Manchester, MO 63021

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