With summer officially here, temperatures are rising and people are being intentional about engaging in outdoor activities in the midst of COVID-19.
Many people are wondering about appropriate pool etiquette during the coronavirus pandemic.
Is it safe to swim?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds.
The CDC says proper maintenance, including disinfection with chlorine and other chemicals, should inactivate the virus, WHBQ reported.
In regards to reopening public pools, the CDC advised local health officials to make their own decisions in accordance with CDC guidelines.
“Operators of public aquatic venues can consult with local officials to determine if and how to implement these considerations while adjusting them to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local jurisdiction. Their implementation should also be informed by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable," the CDC said.
The guidelines, applicable to public and private pools, say people should wear cloth face coverings around the pool but not in the water.
Pool-goers should wash their hands frequently and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, who may have been exposed to the virus or who has exhibited symptoms should not visit pools where there are other people. Those people should quarantine for 14 days.
The CDC recommends frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, like handrails, slides, pool noodles, kick boards, lounge chairs, door handles and restroom surfaces.
The CDC also maintains recommendations for people to stay 6 feet away from other people who do not live in the same household. Sharing of items, such as pool toys, food items and supplies should not be shared between people who do not live in the same household.
The CDC recommends modified layouts of furniture and seating areas in ways that allow people to stay 6 feet apart. The health organization also suggests posting clear signs that promote safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Read more at the official CDC website.