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Tips for Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 in Pools

As pools begin to open for the summer in some areas of the U.S.,

The CDC recommends the following considerations for the safety of those who operate, manage, and use public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds—which also are relevant to pools in community associations.

*Consider closing pools and hot tubs or limiting use to essential activities only, such as water therapy.

*Restrict the number of people allowed in locker rooms at one time, so that everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart.

*Clean and disinfect surfaces, such as locker handles, light switches, knobs, countertops, benches, etc., frequently.

*Ensure proper operation and maintenance of pools and hot tubs and disinfect them with chlorine or bromine.

*Make sure that lifeguards who are actively working are not also expected to monitor hand-washing, use of face masks, or social distancing; assign a staff member as a monitor instead.

*Stagger or rotate shifts to limit the number of staff present at the aquatic venue at the same time.

*Consult with the company or engineer that designed the aquatic venue before altering features such as water slides and structures designed for climbing or playing.

*Familiarize yourself with local or state policies that list requirements or recommendations to determine if events such as aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons, swim team practices, swim meets, or pool parties can be held.

*Avoid group events, gatherings, or meetings both in and out of the water.

*Establish a protocol so that staff, patrons, and swimmers can report if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

*Disclose any suspected or known COVID-19 cases to local health authorities and notify staff, patrons, and swimmers (as feasible) of potential COVID-19 exposures while maintaining confidentiality, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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