County Amends Order for Private Community Shared Swimming Pools
On May 6, 2020, the County of Riverside amended its Order dated April 24, 2020, on guidelines that apply to pools and spas at apartment complexes and those operated by homeowners’ associations.
Riverside County health officials are issuing guidelines for the use and operation of community pools in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
The guidelines were developed by the Department of Environmental Health with input from Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, and applies to pools and spas at apartment complexes and those operated by homeowners’ associations.
Health officials emphasized these are guidelines and not requirements for community pool operators.
- Six feet separation should be implemented, and swimmers should limit themselves to lanes.
- No large groups or pool parties. Residents of the same household may swim together.
- Lounge chairs and/or tables should be properly distanced. If they cannot be distanced, they should be secured and stored.
- Residents should wear a cloth face covering when traveling through common areas of the property where it may not be possible to maintain physical distancing, including to and from the pool, barbeque area, and shared restrooms.
- Residents should bring hand sanitizer, or it should be provided by pool operator.
- Operators should frequently check shared restrooms to ensure they are stocked with hand soap and paper towels.
- Operators should use scheduled time slots on the busiest days.
- Operators should close the spa or limit use to 1 person or household at a time (post signage).
- Create a written disinfection plan that identifies frequently touched surfaces, a schedule, and designated person to complete disinfection tasks.
- Use an EPA-approved disinfectant on commonly touched surfaces, including but not limited to: gate, latch, tables, chairs, drinking fountain, pool handrails, and countertops. In shared restrooms: door handles, light switches, faucets, latches, and dispensers.
- Post signage reminding residents to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, and to avoid the pool area if they are experiencing symptoms of illness including a fever of 100°F or above, sore throat, runny nose, chills, not feeling well, sneezing, coughing, abdominal pain or diarrhea.
Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential to protecting human health during disease outbreaks. There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and spas, however, maintaining good chlorine levels in our community pools may help to prevent its spread.
Please find the Department of Environmental Health’s Community Pool Guidance by clicking here.
Please find the full updated FAQs on State and Local orders by clicking here.
Although the ease of some of the initial restrictions is a positive sign, we must all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus. Please continue to adhere to the current County Health orders and stay safe.