The post-season hours at Union Reservoir’s swim beach go into effect Monday.
The beach will only be open on weekends — Aug. 22-23, 29-30, Sept. 5, 6 and Labor Day, Sept. 7 — according to a news release from the city of Longmont.
On those days, the beach will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the beach capacity remains at 75. Once the capacity is reached, no one can enter until someone else leaves, the release stated.
The reservoir’s dog beach, hiking, fishing and non-motorized boating amenities remain open from 6 a.m. to 9 .m. through Labor Day. From Sept. 8-30, the park will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-in only access begins Nov. 1, between sunrise and sunset. Daily admission fees still apply.
The reservoir was one of the public beach facilities along the Front Range that remained open after Gov. Jared Polis issued Colorado’s initial stay-at-home order in March.
Staff and reservoir rangers found that many of the visitors were violating the mandate not to travel outside their local areas, and on May 9 the city fully closed the swim and dog beaches and fishing pier, citing “public health and safety issues during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
On July 6, the beach reopened with a maximum of 50 people at a time. The area was fenced off to maintain the 50-swimmer capacity, and staff at the entrance monitored visitors.
The beach’s capacity increased to 75 users at a time Aug. 3, and the dog beach reopened for a maximum of 25 dogs at a time, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Consistent with Boulder County Public Health’s guidelines, people are advised to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has.
Patrons are expecting to maintain 6-foot social distancing, both in and out of the water. Officials in July warned visitors the park could reach capacity between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends, and the wait to enter the park can be up to two hours.