Curious about your pool maintenance & covid–19? As of July 13th, the rules for business openings have been revised because of the new rise in COVID-19 cases. This summer, your kids are home and you may be staying-at-home as well. If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it’s good to keep a few things in mind.
Coronavirus is not transmittable through water. Swimmers are safe due to the chlorination of their pool water, which kills coronavirus. The chlorine must be maintained at the correct level.
Pool maintenance services are considered ‘essential services’
They prevent residential pools from becoming laden with the virus. Check your chemical levels at least once a week. (Commercial pools and spas chemical levels are checked daily.) You might want to ask your pool service how to check your pool’s chlorine level yourself if you worry about it. Testing kits can be purchased at any pool supply store and online at Amazon to monitor proper disinfectant levels and pH.
Encourage visitors to bring and use their own towels. Launder any provided towels and clothing at the warmest appropriate temperature according to manufacturer’s instructions. Dry items completely. Handle towels with disposable gloves and minimal disturbance.
Hopefully, you have adequate pool toys for visitors, such as kick boards, pool noodles, floats and rafts, to minimize sharing. Limit the use of the pool toys to one person at a time and clean and disinfect the items after each use. Ask your visitors to bring their own pool toys and games if they have them.
Consider moving patio seating to help with social distancing. Maybe this seems like overkill or maybe it’s not really possible for you due to space limitations around the pool, but space is one of the best defenses against coronavirus-19. Wearing masks at home seems a little more drastic, especially with kids. If you can put some distance between them in subtle ways all the better for everyone’s health.
The California site for Covid-19 has some other recommendations for pool maintenance & covid-19 in their Retail Checklist pdf on page 6. While these are recommendations for commercial sites, a lot of the suggestions are common sense for homeowners, as well.