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Public pools are reopening across Florida, so today we’re at the Sky Academy YMCA in Englewood to discuss new pool safety measures.
The good news is, as long as pool water is properly maintained, there’s no way it can harbor and transport COVID-19, so you shouldn’t be concerned about the water itself spreading the coronavirus. However, there are still certain precautions facilities like this are taking.
As you can see in the video above, there is very little deck furniture around Sky Academy’s pool, and management allows pool use by appointment only—they’re not just opening it up to everybody at once. They’re being very careful about following social distancing requirements so that people are comfortable going back to the pool. To make a pool reservation at the Sky Family YMCA, you can download the Sky Family app and see which hours are available.
If you own a commercial pool, the Community Associations Institute provides a handy guide for pool safety that you can check out here that complies with CDC guidelines. We recommend that each person keeps a distance of 115 square feet (i.e., a six-foot circle). That means you could allow nine swimmers in the pool at a time for an average-sized condo commercial pool (1,000 square feet).
There are certain precautions you can take when visiting a public pool just to be on the safe side. For example, bring sanitary wipes to wipe down any furniture you use, or at least a towel to cover anything on which you sit or lie down. Also, be courteous to those who use the furniture after you.
It’s hot out right now, so pool owners may not have their heaters running, but you’d still be well advised to do a maintenance check. You might even consider running it on the cooling mode just to keep it refreshed.
If you have questions about pool safety or are having problems with your pool, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help. Enjoy the sunshine and be safe out there!