WASHINGTON (WJZ) — As public pools and water parks begin to open in some areas, the CDC is offering tips to employees and visitors on how to stay safe at these venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC said operators of these venues should consult with local health officials to decide what safety measures should be put into place. Each jurisdiction will have a unique set of individual circumstances, they added.


It is also important for employees and visitors at these venues to promote behavior that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said.

All staff and visitors should wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes. The use of cloth face coverings is also encouraged when you are not in the water and is most essential when social distancing is difficult to practice, according to the CDC.

The CDC said there should also be adequate supplies to support health hygiene and signs and messages posted throughout the respective venue reminding visitors to practice social distancing. Pools should also encourage social distancing by rearranging deck chairs and using guides like tape to mark where people should stand.

Venues should also have a plan in place in the event that someone gets sick.

For a complete list of CDC guidelines surrounding safety at public pools and water parks, click here.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

  1. BK says:

    Lots of kids and even some adults pee in pools- good luck getting them to not openly cough or sneeze. Lots of people cough in pools when they accidentally take in water. The CDC admits they do not know for sure yet if bodily fluids like urine & feces can transmit the virus. If you happen to dive or swim where someone just peed, their urine will not yet be diluted and has a good chance of entering your nose or mouth, well, lotsa luck!

    Smart people will at least avoid public pools until the CDC figures out if if urine can spread the disease as there is urine in pools , especially ones kids use.

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