COVID-19 Protocols

Last update: 1/5/2022

Thank you for cooperation to keep our swimmers, families, coaches, and facility staff safe. Our protocols have been updated to reflect recent changes regarding masks and other policies as determined by the CDC. 

Protocols at Practices:

All Capital Area Aquatics locations are following the protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and from USA Swimming. This page will be updated as necessary to comply with all public health orders.

Masks are optional at our practices for all individuals. We will continue to support those who wish to continue wearing masks. 

Parents may watch practices from the picnic tables near the front entrance at CAA-CP location, or from outside the fence at the CAA-LW location, but we ask that parents continue to distance from swimmer groups, and, as always, we ask all parents to stay off the pool deck during practices and avoid talking with the coaches and swimmers during practices. We define the "pool deck" as the area 10-15 feet around the pool's edge.  

The coaches will observe swimmers as they arrive at practices. If a swimmer appears to be ill or not feeling well, please understand that we may ask them to return home. This includes colds, allergies, etc.

Swimmers who exhibit symptoms or report being in close contact with someone with covid should not come to practice until the quaratine period expires per CDC protocols.

Please do not arrive more than 5-10 minutes early for your scheduled practice time. Swimmers need to be picked up promptly at the end of practice. Siblings may wait with parents as long as they are sitting and not on the "pool deck" or running inside the facility (facility rules prohibit running).

Swimmers need to bring their gear home each day. 

The coaches will encourage swimmers to be mindful of the personal space of their teammates. 

Specific protocols for the CAA Lakeway location:

  • Parents may walk swimmers into practice but then parents need to exit and watch practice from outside the fence, so we can limit the number of people around our swimmers and Swim Center patrons. Please pick up your swimmer at the front entrance at the end of practice.
  • Dryland practices will be conducted so that swimmers are encouraged to remain at least 3-6 feet apart at all times. 

Specific protocols for the CAA Cedar Park location:

  • Swimmers will be encouraged to maintain 3-6 feet apart on pool deck and in the pool.
  • Parents may be inside the facility, but must remain at the front near the entrance. 
  • Groups must wait near the entrance to the facility until a coach calls for them, so the previous group can exit safely.
  • If sick, please keep your swimmer home. We will send swimmers home who appear sick.

Protocols for swimmers who have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 patient should follow the general guidelines below, effective 12/28/21, with full details provided on the CDC website (click here and click here). Swimmers who have been quarantined by another organization or school should not come to swim practices or events until the quarantine period elapses. Swimmers with siblings or another family member living with them who have tested positive for Covid should quarantine according to CDC guidlelines and may not return to practice until the quarantine period elapses. A negative test prior to 5 days after exposure is not sufficient to return to practice after a positive exposure.  

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 total minutes or more in any 24 hour period
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

What to do if you tested positive or were sick--revised 1/5/22 per CDC updates:

The revised guidelines from the CDC (12/27/21) and the related update (1/5/22) for quarantines are posted below. The full resource is here. Please do not bring swimmers to practice if they have a covid exposure or are showing any signs of illness, including allergies or other respiratory issues.

The CDC protocol for ending isolation after having asymptomatic or symptomatic covid (click here) allows an individual to be around others after the 5th day following symptom onset or a postiive test result. (The day of symptom onset or a positive test result is day ZERO and not day ONE, so you may be around others on day SIX.) The protocol requires an individual to wear a mask on days 6-10 while around others. Because you cannot wear a mask while swimming, this means that swimmers may not resume swim practice or swim meets until after 10 days have elapsed, and only if their symptoms have resolved or are improving. Taking an antigen test after 5 days with a negative result also requires wearing a mask around others, until 10 days have elapsed, so a negative test result cannot replace the requirement to wear a mask while around others. Swimmers may resume swim practice and/or swim meets following the 10th day of symptom onset or a positive test result. 



If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 
  • Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until 10 days after the day of your positive test.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.



If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

Have been boosted
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
Are unvaccinated








  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home