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The Impact of COVID-19 on Aquatic Venues: How to Ensure Safety

Public aquatic centers in most areas have reopened, and if you’ve been looking forward to visiting the pool, swim spas, or the hot tubs around you, you’re probably wondering what safe options are open to you.

First, it’s important to note that there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread among people through recreational waters –pools, water playgrounds, hot tubs, and other water bodies like lakes and waterparks. So, the possibility of contracting the virus at the pool doesn’t depend on how long you stay in the water, it’s dependent on the safety measures you take while you are around the venue.

To stay safe while at the beach, here are the important measures you should take.

  • Follow your local community’s guide on aquatic venue use.

Although private pools are much safer, your public aquatic venue operators should maintain healthy environments by sanitizing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and shared objects.

  • Practice social distancing, even in water

Even though there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread in water, there’s a possibility of contracting it if you stay too close to an infected person. Stay at 6 feet away from other people everywhere you are around the pool.

  • Use local swimming pools or beaches

There are a couple of reasons why this is a wise decision. First, you can use the information available to you from your local authorities to decide how safe the pool areas are (or not). Then, traveling to a swimming pool outside your vicinity heightens the possibility of contracting the virus even before you get to the pool.

  • Go with necessary items

Asides from your regular sunscreen and towels, you should pack your bags with hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and enough water to last you while at the pool. Besides, do not share these essential items with other people, especially if you didn’t arrive together.

  • Wear a mask, but not inside the pool

Wearing a face covering in the pool will make it difficult for you to breathe, so it isn’t advisable. However, you still need the face mask to protect you from one-on-one contact, especially when you come in close contact with others (in places like bathrooms).

  • Sanitize as much as you can

Although hand washing is the safer option, it may be quite challenging to follow through because of the pool or beach setting. Instead, you can make sure you sanitize your hands periodically with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Go during the less busy periods

This helps you avoid many people gathering in a disorganized way. Ultimately, it reduces the possibility of getting infected. However, if you enjoy having many people around, then go with trusted friends and families.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t put yourself or others at risk of getting infected. Whenever you feel sick, avoid public spaces like the swimming pools until you’re sure of your health status.