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Maintaining Pools and Hot Tubs During COVID-19 Shutdown

Date posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Blog poster: Doug Farquhar, JD
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Pools and Hot Tubs need to be maintained during the COVID-19 Shutdown

There is no evidence to suggest recreational pools and hot tubs can spread the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated, as long as they are maintained.

Photo courtesy of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

Proper maintenance and disinfection (PDF) — such as the use of chlorine and bromine — should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19, the CDC says.

Hotels, recreation centers, homeowner associations and apartment complexes are all closing their pools (USA TODAY Network article) in response to the outbreak. But to prevent disease, they must be maintained.

"Swimming pools and hot tubs still need to be maintained even without people using them," says Sabeena Hickman, President & CEO of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. "Some states, such as Michigan are not allowing pool companies or disinfection chemicals to be sold to maintain proper pool and hot tub water quality to prevent COVID -19."

Photo courtesy of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

The CDC states that COVID-19 cannot survive in properly treated pool and hot tub water. The World Health Organization says that controlling water quality is necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Public aquatic facilities and private backyard pools and hot tubs must be maintained to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases (PDF) and help maintain community health, including COVID-19.

Without properly maintained pools, water-borne outbreaks will amplify the stresses on the state and local public health departments.

Learn More

  • Maintaining Public Aquatic Facilities (PHTA) | PDF
  • The Health and Safety Benefits of Properly Maintaining Your Pool and Hot Tub (PHTA) | PDF
  • If Pools and Hot Tubs aren't Essential Infographic (PHTA) | PDF

About the blog poster: Doug Farquhar is the Director of Government Affairs at the National Environmental Health Association in Denver, Colorado.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect the policy, endorsement, or action of NEHA or the organization where the author is employed. NEHA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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