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Katherine asked: “Is it safe to swim in an outdoor pool this summer?”
The good news is the Centers for Disease Control says “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds.”
Proper cleaning of facilities should kill the coronavirus, according to the CDC.
But once pools re-open, people will be expected to follow the same protocols they would at a grocery store: practising physical distancing, washing hands whenever possible and wearing a mask when not in the water.
Earlier this month, the Vancouver Park Board announced it was delaying opening its five outdoor pools, which typically open for the Victoria Day long weekend.
The board said it was waiting for new guidelines from the Lifesaving Society Canada “to help guide revised procedures to safely support swimmers at both pools and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The board also said it wasn’t placing lifeguards at its nine bathing beaches while it waited for the guidelines to spell out new procedures for water rescues, first aid and personal protective equipment.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released a list of measures it recommends recreation centres take to keep people safe, including increased cleaning, providing more space for people, supporting low-contact sports, stocking bathrooms with soap and screening both staff and guests for symptoms of COVID-19.
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