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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Swimming Pool Guidance Is Provided

Photo of happy little girl splashing by the swimming pool

With the return of hot weather, many will be wondering about the safe use of swimming pools during this COVID-19 time and the holiday weekend.  The County of San Bernardino and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided some guidance on whether or not we should be concerned if the coronavirus can be transmitted through a swimming pool or hot tub? 

The good news is that, according to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of swimming pools and hot tubs.  Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (i.e., with chlorine and bromine) should eliminate the coronavirus. Moreover, the sheer volume of water is likely to dilute the virus — which means swimming in lakes, rivers or the ocean also appears safe.

And more good news? San Bernardino County announced on Friday, May 22 that resident-only pools at apartment buildings, HOA’s, condominium complexes, and mobile-home parks are now open!    Of course, this doesn’t remove the concern about being around other people using the pool and its amenities!  Of course you wouldn’t use a face covering in water, so the real key to being safe is to maintain the same social distancing procedures used elsewhere.

  • Maintain adequate distance between swimmers – for now that means cutting down on the horseplay
  • Avoid large groups or parties 
  • Keep lounge chairs and other pool furniture properly distanced (or remove them completely
  • Use hand sanitizer and be sure common restrooms are cleaned and adequately stocked with soap and paper towels
  • Regularly disinfect common surfaces such as gates, door handles, rails, tables, chairs, and drinking fountains
  • Remind everyone to wash hands regularly… and as always, to stay away if they are sick

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