Interim Guidance for Montgomery County Public Pools

 

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Updated 12/15/2020

All recreational pools, all spas / hot tubs, all spray pads and all wading pools MUST REMAIN CLOSED at this time.

To schedule a pre-opening inspection, contact Licensure & Regulatory Services at 240-777-3986 or call 311.

Prepare the Facility/Grounds

  • Number of patrons will follow the capacity limit calculated using total pool surface area.
    • The maximum occupancy of the enclosed pool area, including deck and surrounding areas, is calculated by dividing the total pool surface area by 36 and then reducing the number to 25%.  This includes all persons present (patrons, guards, staff, coaches, parents).
    • Example: If the pool surface area is 1000 sq ft then divide by 36 to get 28, then reduce to 25%, to get a total maximum occupancy of 7 persons.
    • For more information, submit questions or requests for Letters of Approval to the Executive Order Portal.
  • Facility will track pool capacity using a sign in/out sheet or another appropriate method.
  • Implement physical distancing requirements between patrons or household groups at the facility, change deck layout to ensure that in the standing or seating areas, individuals or household groups can remain at least 6 feet apart. 
  • No gatherings or events. Swim meets or competitive swimming are prohibited unless a Letter of Approval is issued by the County. Request a Letter of Approval.
  • Implement physical distancing where patrons form a line waiting for the pool to open or for someone to leave so they can enter.
  • Drinking fountains should be turned off or covered to prevent use.
  • For indoor pools, meet current standards for ventilation and dehumidification. Increase introduction and circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans or other methods. Do not open windows or doors if doing so poses a safety risk to staff or patrons.
  • Maintain supply of hand sanitizer, and soap for hand washing and showers.
  • Ensure that all water systems (e.g., decorative fountains, heated pools) are safe to use after prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires' disease and other diseases associated with water.
  • Ensure there is adequate equipment for patrons and swimmers (e.g., kickboards and pool noodles) to minimize sharing to the extent possible. Or, limit the use of equipment by one group of users at a time, and clean and disinfect between use.
  • Lap lanes may only be used by one patron.

Prepare Employees

  • Staff who interact with patrons or other staff must wear face coverings.
  • Provide and use one-way valve masks for CPR.
  • Monitor staff absenteeism. Require staff to stay home if sick. Have a plan to ensure required staffing. If possible, vulnerable staff should be allowed to telework.

Prepare Patrons

  • Patrons should be alone or with members of their household.
  • Patrons should stay at least 6 feet apart (both in and out of the water) from other individuals not from their household.
  • At indoor pools, patrons should wear face coverings per the COVID-19 Local Order, unless swimming or showering.
  • At outdoor pools, patrons should wear face coverings per the Governor’s Executive Order when interacting with staff or other individuals not from their household.
  • Patrons should not wear face coverings in the water.
  • Shared objects: discourage patrons from sharing objects that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect, or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example: goggles, nose clips, and snorkels). Patrons should also be discouraged from sharing items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with those they don’t live with.

Signage/Communication

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as pool railings, deck furniture, water fountains, door knobs, and entry gates twice per day, and more often if needed due to the number of patrons.
  • Clean and disinfect in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines on COVID-19 and product instructions.
  • Maintain daily cleaning of the facility (floors, toilets, etc.) with soap and water.
  • Train staff on guidelines and product instructions for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Follow instructions for use and storage on the product label.
  • Disinfection products must be appropriate for the intended use.
  • The pool may need to temporarily close if the CPO on duty must clean and disinfect the pool area.
  • Facility will clean/brush pool tile/wall at the water line to reduce slime and biofilm once a week or more if needed.
  • Maintain daily cleaning log.

Operation

  • Maintain chlorine and pH levels per current regulation, including shock or super chlorination as needed.
  • When the pool opens, notify the Montgomery County Licensure & Regulatory Services Division at 240-777-3986 or call 311. Annual operation license is required per current regulation.

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