COVID-19 Pool Rules Addendum 

 

(Updated 7-21-2020)

 

These rules will be amended per current CDC guidelines and as we transition into better practices. 

 

BEFORE COMING TO THE POOL - Take a shower at home and consider applying sunscreen before coming as your time on the deck is limited

ENTERING THE FACILITY - All Staff and Patrons must sign in one at a time. Please, stay on the marked spots and wait for the supervisor to check you in. It is necessary to keep a log.

SANITIZE YOUR HANDS UPON ENTERING - This is highly recommended.

BEFORE ENTERING THE FACILITIES YOU MUST WEAR A MASK - If you do not have a mask, you will be provided with one. This is state-mandated. Please, do not use bandana masks that have an opening under your mouth as you can still expel saliva.

TEMPERATURE CHECK AND COVID SCREENING - All patrons will be screened upon entrance. You may have your temperature check as an extra precaution. All Staff and members must be screened and have their temperatures checked. You may not enter the facilities if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been vomiting and diarrhea in the past 24 hours (DOH mandates we shut the pool down for over a day in cases of diarrhea). We will now be asking if you have taken any medication to reduce your temperature.

Please, note the COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan included. 

ENTERING THE POOL DECK - You may put your supplies down on benches or picnic tables or cement. You may not put your items in the restrooms or bleachers unless you are staff.

BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR AND UMBRELLA - All the pool chairs and umbrellas are in storage at this time. The tables and benches are not cleaned regularly and should not be used.

RESTROOMS - Please, advise the COVID-19 Supervisor in the office that you need to use the restroom. They will unlock the door for you. Employees use the restrooms to store their valuables and as their break room since the regular guard room has no ventilation. Restrooms should be used only for emergencies.

DECK - MAINTAIN 6’ DISTANCE at all times

  • Masks must be worn at all times unless in the water, especially during Adult Lap Swim

  • No congregating

  • During this Phase 2, you should not be on the pool deck unless you are an employee, maintenance, or participating in physical activity

    • Parents of swim team should remain in your car to help with social distancing

    • If you need to observe your child, you may do so by following the social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and follow a rule of only 1 parent per child, no siblings.

 

WHILE IN THE POOL

 

  • If you need to use the stairs to enter or exit, please wait until other swimmers are not in the way.

  • Bring your own kickboard, hand paddles, pull buoys, noodles, lifejackets, etc.

  • Restrooms are for using the toilet. NO SHOWERS AND NO CHANGING CLOTHES unless approved by the supervisor.

  • Touch as little as possible to cut down on any extra exposure or contact

  • Remember you must  MAINTAIN 6 FEET AT ALL TIMES even in the water!

  • Swim in the center of your lane (Unless with a family member)

  • While swimming with a family member, it is important that you do not stand side by side at the end of the lane. Always stay on the marked black line on the bottom of the pool floor.

  • Siblings over the age of 14 may not share a lane as some will see it too tempting to play.

  • The age for Lap Swim is 11 years and older. We will observe and review this weekly. All lap swimmers must be able to swim continuously in order to participate in lap swim.

  • Adult LAP SWIM is for 18 and older only.

  • REFRAIN FROM YELLING UNLESS THERE IS AN EMERGENCY (This means do not yell over to your friend in Lane 3 if you are in Lane 6). 

  • EXIT IMMEDIATELY OUT THE SIDE DOOR ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POOL 

  • NO CONGREGATING AT THE POOL OR THE PARKING LOT

  • Please, read attached recommendations from the CDC regarding Sneezing and Coughing (There are tissues available and hand sanitizer.)

  • Please, read attached warnings for patrons at higher risks of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19

  • LESSONS AND SWIM TEAM - all athletes, students and parents please adhere to the rules and regulations at all times as stated above.

 

Thank you for following these guidelines and know that these rules may change weekly as our state goes into different Phases. These rules are in addition to the posted pool rules.

 

 

 

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

For Members

(Updated 6-30-2020)

 

If a member or employee has already entered the premises and falls ill suddenly with suspected COVID-19 systems or has loose stools in the pool, they must be sent home immediately. If they are a young adult that does not drive, they will be isolated from all others on the grounds or ladies locker room and their emergency contact will be called. 

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows:

 

  • Sudden cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat

  • Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Vomiting or Diarrhea

  • Temperature of 100.4 or Greater

(Note: Medication should never be taken before going to the pool in order to bring a patron’s temperature down.)

 

ACTION OF LIFEGUARD - Blow the long whistle and make an announcement that the Emergency Action Plan for COVID-19 or contaminated water has been activated.

 

Lifeguards may not give out the name of any ill patron or employee.

 

ACTION OF PATRONS - Maintain social distancing of 6’ feet and quietly leave the pool grounds through the side gate exit or main office door.

 

POOL WILL BE CLOSED  until further notice - The Manager will call the Washington Department of Health and follow-up on the necessary procedures.

Coughing and Sneezing

Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and COVID-19. Germs can be easily spread by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking

  • Touching your face with unwashed hands after touching contaminated surfaces or objects

  • Touching surfaces or objects that may be frequently touched by other people

Covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands are especially important for infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics.

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Throw used tissues in the trash

  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands

Remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick, especially at key times when you are likely to get and spread germs.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands

For information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, see CDC’s COVID-19: Prevent Getting Sick web page.

 

To help prevent the spread of respiratory disease, you can also avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.

People Who Are at Higher Risk 

for Severe Illness

 

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

  • People who have serious heart conditions

  • People who are immunocompromised

    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease