Executive Order COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines
As of April 16, 2022, there are no Executive Order-related COVID-19 prevention requirements for the operation of public swimming pools. Liability protection associated with posted COVID-19 warning signage remains in effect through July 14, 2022. See SB 359 and HB 112 for more information.
COVID-19’s Impact on Swimming Pools
There are currently no reports that would indicate that COVID-19 can be spread through properly disinfected swimming pool water; however, the virus can be spread in this environment through person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces.
The CDC recommends that the following steps be taken by those visiting and servicing pools to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19:
- Stay home if you are infected or might be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
- If unvaccinated, stay at least 6 feet apart (in and out of the water) from people you don’t live with.
- If unvaccinated, wear cloth masks when not in water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow), throw used tissues in the trash, and wash hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
The following resources are available that address swimming pool operation and maintenance during the COVID-19 pandemic:
CDC – Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance – Coronavirus Update
Pool & Spa News – COVID-19 and Pool Construction
General COVID-19 information and resources can be found here:
Cobb & Douglas Public Health – COVID-19 Resource Webpage
CDC – COVID-19 Resources Webpage