New Jersey Pool Opening Rules by Griffin Alexander

July 28, 2020

New Jersey passed guidelines for opening public pools in June 2020.  These guidelines require the following:
  • Pool capacity is limited to fifty percent (50%). Reducing capacity can be accomplished by implementing a reservation system or a pass system, or by cutting hours.
  • Individuals must practice social distancing, even while in the water.
  • No pool toys (e.g., pool noodles, inner tubes, plastic dive toys, etc.) are permitted in pools.
  • All frequently-touched surfaces must be routinely cleaned and disinfected several times per day.
  • Visitors must enter and exit the pool area in a staggered fashion.
  • All visitors and staff must wear face coverings, with the exception of lifeguards and those under the age of two (2).
  • Commonly used areas must contain signs marking off six (6) feet of spacing.
  • Signs must be posted around pools warning patrons to be on the alert for signs of illness. These signs must also warn people to avoid the pool if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID‑19.
  • Staff members must be screen for fever. Handwashing and wearing gloves is encouraged for all staff, and required when handling food.
  • Foot coverings must be worn in shower, restroom, and other indoor facilities. Likewise, occupancy of these areas must be limited. Further, New Jersey has recommended the installation of foot pedals or motion sensors in shower areas to assist in stopping the spread of COVID‑19.
  • Guests and staff must sign-in to the pool to help aid in contact-tracing efforts.
  • Hand sanitizers must be provided throughout the pool facilities.
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