Please review this page carefully to help prepare for a successful pool season.

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

Part 25 Compliance Procedures 4(a) of the Rules and Regulations for Public Swimming Pools states that permitted seasonal pools shall be inspected for compliance not only prior to opening for the season but at least once during the period of operation. During the past few seasons, Environmental Health staff have had difficulty entering pools for their second inspection, which has ultimately led to a reduction in consumer protection and a loss to our operational efficiency. To better assist us in achieving our mandated inspections please be prepared to provide a gate code, key, or other means of access to your inspector if your pool is not one that is staffed during normal operational hours. ln addition, please be sure to maintain a valid phone number on file with our department for the pool’s designated on-site representative in case there is a need to make contact.

Compliant signage will be required as part of the approval criteria for opening your pool this season. Please review the following signage requirements for the respective pools and areas listed below to help ensure that your pool is ready for its opening inspection.

For All Pools:

Pool rules (in minimum 1-inch letters) posted at or near the pool’s entrance shall state the following under the heading of “Pool Risks”:

  • Shower before entering the water.
  • Children shall not use pool without an adult in attendance.
  • Adults shall not swim alone.
  • All children three years old and younger and any child not potty‐trained must wear snug fitting plastic pants or a water resistant swim diaper.
  • Do not swim if the suction outlets are missing, broken, or not clearly visible from the deck.
  • No glass articles allowed in or around pool.
  • Do not swallow the pool water.
  • Do not dive unless diving area is clear of other bathers. (Note: If the swimming pool is 5 feet or less in depth, we recommend changing this rule to “No diving allowed.”)
  • Do not swim if you had diarrhea within the past two weeks.
  • No animals are allowed in the pool or pool enclosure, except service animals are allowed on the deck.

A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” shall be posted at the telephone.

A sign stating the pool’s hours of operation shall be posted at or near the pool’s entrance.

A sign stating the pool’s