There are city pools that are waiting for guidance on when they can open because of COVID-19. Albany City pools have decided that their opening date will be June 26th. They usually open earlier, but because of the pandemic, they have to wait to make sure they are prepared for whatever protocols are required. They will, however, start to fill the pools next week according to News 10 ABC.

Many kids throughout the Capital Region rely on city and town pools to open in the summer. Last year, not many of these pools opened at all. Even if the kids have to wait until well within the summer, at least they will be able to take advantage of them. It's all about staying cool.

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There have also been reports of shortages of lifeguards throughout the country, but the City of Albany says they are prepared. They say that they have a strong group of young people that are already lifeguards for the city. They feel good about the group that they have. They said they have around thirty-six out of their sixty lifeguards. Plus they are confident once high school and college end they will add to their lifeguard workforce.

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard for the City of Albany, they are still hiring. There are four different certification classes that are being offered. You can take these classes next week. To get more information about becoming a lifeguard and to apply click HERE.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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