Published on May 29, 2020

Safely Visiting Public Pools

This summer will likely look different from what we're used to. Although many restrictions are being lifted and the curve has been flattened, COVID-19 is still spreading. As we settle into what has come to be known as the “new normal,” it’s important to continue being mindful of the precautions you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Public pools regulated by local health departments were allowed to open on May 26. With warm weather in sight, online schooling wrapping up for the year for many students, and many of us feeling stir crazy, it’s understandable that people are eager to cool off at their favorite pools.

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance of the facility including disinfection with chemicals like chlorine should inactivate the virus.

Public pools will be required to put many safety measures in place and other measures will be strongly recommended so you will likely notice some differences should you choose to visit these facilities.

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