Parenting during a Pandemic: Pools and Lakes

As temperatures continue to heat up across Arizona and community pools and lakes are beginning to reopen, here are a few safety precautions for you and your children to follow if you decide to visit a pool. Call ahead to check open hours and scheduling before heading over there as not all businesses and parks are reopening yet. Also, be aware that lifeguards may not be as readily available as there is a need for additional, specific training on providing life-saving procedures while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions as advised by the CDC. 

Practice physical distancing by staying a minimum of 6 feet away from others, even while in the water.

If possible, disinfect any public objects used, such as pool chairs.

Always remember to bring enough sun protection and water!

After leaving, disinfect or clean thoroughly with soap and water items brought to the pool and wash towels and bathing suits.

Contact your pool to find out if they are meeting increased sanitizing procedures (cleaning toys, locker room/shower disinfecting) and social distancing guidelines (reduced capacity, hours for vulnerable populations).

Assess your risk particularly if you or someone you live with or work with closely is immunocompromised.

Continually monitor the conditions of the pool – it can go from sparse to crowded quickly. Talk to your kids ahead of time about needing to leave if it gets too dense.

Ask if they publicly post the chlorine readings and how often they are assessed.

Be aware of whether there is a lifeguard on duty, and watch your children extra carefully.
Avoid visiting any public areas if you (or your children) are feeling ill.

Avoid very crowded public pools, where physical distancing is not possible.

Avoid bringing or sharing pool toys or objects (goggles, floaties, etc.) with others.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid the locker room–wear your suit directly to the pool and back home.

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