Three Ways to Practice Pool Social Distancing
If your community pool is open to the public again, please know it’s not a free-for-all. COVID-19 is still a widespread threat, so it’s important we all continue to practice social distancing and reasonable health and safety precautions to keep our world as safe as we can. If you’re looking to dip in for a swim, read these three tips on social distancing at the pool.
1. Wear a mask
Even at the pool or beach (in the open air), you should be wearing a face mask to protect yourself and others from the potential spread of the virus. Keep it on while you’re tanning or entering the pool, but be sure to take it off when you jump in. These masks can be difficult to breathe in when wet.
2. Monitor the crowd
Try to get a view of the pool before heading there so you can see how many visitors are there. Most public pools have someone (typically a lifeguard) monitoring how many people can enter, but there’s a certain degree of self-governing that is useful. Use your best judgment and if you feel like people are sitting close to each other, don’t go.
3. Keep your distance
Once you decide you’re going to spend time by the pool, make sure you stay more than 6 feet away from all other visitors at the pool. That means inside and outside the water. Even though there are no signs that pool water can transmit the virus, you can certainly infect people via coughs or sneezes — so make sure you practice the 6-feet rule at all times!
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