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Swimming Pools

These guidelines apply to public swimming pools and water park swimming pools for collective use incorporated into complexes principally used for other visitor activities (e.g. public facilities, farm holiday hotels, camp sites, etc.). Swimming pools used exclusively for special therapeutic, rehabilitation and spa bath purposes are excluded from this.

▪ Adequate information on prevention measures must be displayed. Users must obey the guidelines given them by instructors and assistants at all times. Managers must provide for appropriate signs, publicise messages on monitors and/or maxi screens and otherwise facilitate people management and raise awareness on appropriate behaviour with suitable signs.

▪ Body temperature can be measured and access denied to those with temperatures of over 37.5°C.

▪ Public access to the spectator area is forbidden. Events, festivals and entertainment are forbidden.

▪ Activity programmes should be planned to avoid gatherings as far as possible and regulate numbers of people in the waiting areas to foster social distancing of at least one metre, with the exception of people between whom interpersonal distancing is not currently required, with this latter being a matter of personal responsibility. Where possible separate entrances and exits should be provided.

▪ Access to facilities via booking is to be preferred and lists of bookings should be kept for a 14 day period.

▪ Changing rooms and showers should be organised in such a way as to ensure distances of at least one metre (for example alternate use stations or barriers to separate them).

▪ All personal clothing and objects must be kept in personal bags even where these are stored in lockers. Generalised use of the lockers is best avoided and bags should be made available for personal effects.

▪ Facilities should be equipped with hydro-alcohol solution dispensers for user hand cleansing at visible points near the entrance with it being mandatory to use these on entering. Dispensers should otherwise be available in areas of frequent transit, in the solarium area and in other strategic areas in order to encourage hand cleansing by users.

▪ In the pool itself user density is to be calculated according to a 7 square metres of water surface per person ratio. For green and solarium areas a distance between sun umbrellas (or other shade systems) should be assured such as to ensure 10 square metres per sun umbrella. As far as equipment is concerned (sunbeds, deck chairs) when these are not located under umbrellas a distance of at least 1.5 metres is to be guaranteed. Managers are thus required to calculate acceptable user numbers by surface area and manage visitor numbers accordingly.

▪ For the purposes of ensuring protection from infection the effectiveness of the water treatment chain must be ensured and active free chlorine parameters in the pool should be between 1 and 1.5 mg/l with a combined chlorine of less than 0.4 mg/l; PH6.5 – 7.5. Note that these limits must be strictly monitored whenever bathers are present. These parameters should be checked a maximum of every two hours. All corrective measures must be promptly adopted in the event of non-conformity or figures close to these.

▪ Prior to pool opening the suitability of the water to bathing must be checked and chemical and microbiological tests done on the parameters in table A and attachment 1 to Accordo Stato Regioni and PP.AA. 16.01.2003, by suitable laboratories. Laboratory analysis must be repeated during the swimming pool opening period on a monthly basis, unless specific needs dictate otherwise, including following on from events in the swimming pool which may require greater testing frequency.

▪ The usual swimming pool water health norms apply: before entering the pool users should take a full shower and soap down fully; swimming caps are obligatory; spitting, blowing one’s nose and urinating in the water is forbidden; very small children should wear a nappy.

▪ Cleaning and disinfecting shared areas, changing rooms, cabins, showers, toilets and equipment (deck chairs, chairs, sunbeds and including floats and dinghies, etc.) should be frequent and regular.

▪ Equipment such as sunbeds, deckchairs and sun umbrellas, etc. must be disinfected with each client/family changeover. Otherwise these must be disinfected at the end of the day. Avoid use of objects and linen by more than one person: users should bring what they need with them to the pool.

▪ Pools used for water games must be converted to swimming pools given the need to combat the spread of the virus. When management can guarantee the requisites and processes set out here, with specific attention to social distancing, crowding at the pool and the water limit parameters, stream pools, toboggans and soft slides are allowed.

▪ As regards pools for collective use in facilities whose function is primarily tourist (e.g. public facilities, farm holiday hotels, camp sites, etc.) the provisions of this document apply, appropriately assessed and adjusted to the contest, swimming pool type, client traffic and other activities.

▪ Parents and those accompanying children are advised to monitor that children obey social distancing and health standard behaviours as far as their age and degree of autonomy allows.

▪ Pools not respecting the guidelines set out here as regards water treatment inefficacy (e.g. paddling pools), free active chlorine disinfectant levels and distances must be closed down. Thus especially strict monitoring of children’s pools is recommended.

▪ All measures must be integrated into the self-inspection document in a special additional attachment dealing with combating SARS-CoV-2 infection.

▪ As far as seawater swimming pools are concerned, disinfectant levels should be maintained within the recommended limits and in accordance with international norms and standards, preferably in the upper range limits. Alternatively physical treatment at the upper range limit or maximum water exchange in the pool should be implemented in accordance with maximum uptake capacity.