There was some good news out of Ohio today, as Governor Mike DeWine proclaimed that the state’s pools are able to reopen on Tuesday, May 26th.
As stated in the presser, DeWine tweeted out, ‘pools can reopen on May 26 if they are regulated by local health departments. This guidance is not for water parks or amusement parks. These will be addressed in the near future.’
Of note, it is still up to pool operators as to whether or not they want to open. If they choose to open, then May 26th represents the earliest date they can do so.
The state has also said that low and no-contact sports like golf, tennis, baseball, softball, and swimming, can reopen on May 26th. That means there is a possibility for summer leagues to happen in Ohio.
During the press conference, it was specific that pools must adhere to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 considerations. Per the CDC’s website, these guidelines include some of the following:
- Encouraging all staff, patrons, and swimmers to wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes.
- Posting signs about how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly use a cloth face coverings in highly visible locations (for example, at deck entrances and at sinks).
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects each time they are used.
- Labeling containers for used equipment that has not yet been cleaned and disinfected and containers for cleaned and disinfected equipment.
- Increasing introduction and circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. However, do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety risk to staff, patrons, or swimmers.
- Designating a staff member to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All staff should know who this person is and how to contact him or her.
- Avoiding group events, gatherings, or meetings both in and out of the water if social distancing of at least 6 feet between people who don’t live together cannot be maintained.
DeWine also quoted the CDC’s stance on coronavirus-transmission via water, “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation/maintenance (disinfection w/ chlorine/bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in water.”
Pools can reopen on May 26 if they are regulated by local health departments. This guidance is not for water parks or amusement parks. These will be addressed in the near future. pic.twitter.com/3h9DJdLBwS
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) May 14, 2020
Additional states with announcements on pool openings: