By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– With the return of hot weather, many County residents are eying swimming pools longingly and thinking a nice dip in the water would be just the thing to cool off and relax. And what better distraction for children tired of being stuck indoors!
But should we be concerned if the coronavirus can be transmitted through a swimming pool or hot tub? Is it safe to take a swim in one’s backyard or a public pool?
The good news is that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of swimming pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (i.e., with chlorine and bromine) should eliminate the coronavirus. Moreover, the sheer volume of water is likely to dilute the virus — which means swimming in lakes, rivers or the ocean also appears safe.
And more good news? We announced today that resident-only pools at apartment buildings, HOAs, condominium complexes, and mobile-home parks are now open!
Of course, this doesn’t remove the concern about being around other people using the pool and its amenities! It’s ridiculous to use a face mask in water, so the real key to being safe is to maintain the same social distancing procedures used elsewhere.
- Maintain adequate distance between swimmers – for now that means cutting down on the horseplay!
- Avoid large groups or parties.
- Keep lounge chairs and other pool furniture properly distanced (or remove them completely).
- Use hand sanitizer and be sure common restrooms are cleaned and adequately stocked with soap and paper towels.
- Regularly disinfect common surfaces such as gates, door handles, rails, tables, chairs, and drinking fountains.
- Remind guests to wash hands regularly … and as always, to stay away if they are sick.