SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health released guidance for swimming facilities under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
Swimming pools, water parks, splash pads and beaches can open at a maximum of 50 percent capacity.
“There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water in pools and water playgrounds,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “However, the virus can still spread between people while in the pool, playing at a water park, or in a spa. Make sure to keep your distance from other people, especially if waiting in line or sitting around the pool.”
Swimming facilities are required to have plans that address maintaining physical distance for areas where people line up to use a water slide, lazy river or other water features. This can include putting up signs, having attendants monitor people or using markings.
The plans must also address sanitization of all equipment, such as rafts, tubes and lounge chairs. These must be sanitized between each use.
Operators should limit group sizes to no more than 50 people. Operators, employees and customers should wear face coverings when not swimming or using other water features. Exceptions can be made for children younger than two years or people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.
Pools and water parks should require temperature checks for employees and customers when entering the facility, as well as in-person screenings to verify they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.