New Guidelines Make Pool Season A Different Experience

New Guidelines Make Pool Season A Different Experience

6:39am May 26, 2020
A staff member at Hamilton Lakes Swim and Tennis in Greensboro prepares one of the facility's pools for reopening. Picture courtesy of Andy Knick.

Swimming pools are now allowed to open as part of North Carolina’s Phase 2 process. Operators have to follow guidelines from the state released just before the holiday.

Pool goers can expect a lot of changes. For one, you’ll need to maintain social distancing — even in the water. Face coverings are encouraged outside of the pool and the capacity is limited.

Lifeguards, managers, and other staff will be responsible for enforcing the guidelines.

Andy Knick is the club manager at Hamilton Lakes Swim and Tennis in Greensboro. They're being extra cautious at this large facility.

Their plan includes staying open every three hours and then taking a 30-minute break to deep clean.

“We’ve encouraged people to bring their own chairs and we’ve moved each chair or lounge six feet apart from each other,” says Knick. “And we’ve also set up sanitizing stations.”

“There is a lot of extra work, but it’s important to keep people safe and make them feel comfortable as well, so we are going to do our part and people are excited to get out in the sun and get in the pool,” Knick adds.

Many pools across the state will remain closed, however.

The CDC says there’s no evidence that the virus can be spread to people through the water in pools. The federal agency says proper operation and maintenance, which includes disinfection with chlorine and bromine, should inactivate the virus in the water.

Last week, the CDC announced recommendations for public pools, hot tubs, and waterparks during COVID-19.

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