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CDC Issues Swimming Pool Reopening Guidelines Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The summer is fast approaching and most are expected to head to the nearest swimming pools. The same holds for schools or places where pools are present and precautions are necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for the ones who intend to do some swimming soon.

Folks who are planning to do so will need to bring some basic items before taking a dip. This includes a cap, goggles, a towel and a face covering. Sharing of items (i.e. towels, toys) should be avoided. These were among the required things a person must bring before getting into the pool. Of those items, it should be noted that the face covering is encouraged only when a swimmer is on deck. They are not needed when a person gets in the water since they will make it difficult for an individual to breathe, ABC News reported. Also, the CDC mentioned that there is no evidence to support that the COVID-19 can be passed on when in 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," the CDC said.

The CDC also recommended that the swimming pool staff should have face coverings at all times. This includes lifeguards on duty. Aside from that, social distancing is to be strictly enforced when people are on the deck. Lifeguards should not be the ones to enforce social distancing. Rather, it should be other staff present to do so. Group gatherings are also discouraged to prevent the potential spread of the virus. A distance of being six feet apart is recommended by the CDC for individuals who do not live with each other.

Further measures are suggested for places that will welcome back people to pools. More signage, highlighted visual cues on the deck and the pool and rearranging furniture are advised. Aside from that, frequent reminders or announcements are recommended. In the case of swimming events being held, the CDC also has some recommendations for people going in and out of the area. Staggered pickups and drop-off times are encouraged to prevent the spread of the virus.

Several states such as Georgia and Florida have already reopened public and private schools. The CDC is calling on them to implement these guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

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