What Does Phase 2 Mean for Apartment Pools?
At 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 North Carolina will enter Safer at Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. To that end, the state Department of Health and Human Services released a guidance document that outlines what is required for opening your pools as well as many suggestions to help you safely open and operate your pools. You can find a PDF copy of the guidance here, and we've posted the requirements below, but there are MANY more suggestions from DHHC so we definitely recommend you look at the full PDF. Also, PTAA reached out to health officials at our two largest counties, Forsyth and Guilford, and confirmed that they will be following the state's guidance. And a reminder, if you would like to see sample sample reopening policies & procedures for apartment communities you can get a copy of PTAA's Reopening Guide by emailing Jon Lowder and he will be happy to email them to PTAA members.
Public pools and spas are required to:
Social Distancing and Minimizing Exposure
- Limit the user capacity in the pool to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy as determined by fire code (when fire code number is not known, maximum occupancy can be calculated as 33 people per 1,000 square feet in deck areas, wading pools and splash pads), AND a maximum occupancy in the water of 10 people per 1,000 square feet, AND ensure sufficient social distancing with at least 6-foot separation between family units.
- Post the reduced “Emergency Maximum Capacity” of both the pool enclosure and the water in a noticeable place. Sign templates are available in English and Spanish on NC DHHS COVID-19 response site.
- Post signage reminding people about social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others).
- Know Your Ws sign templates are available in English and Spanish on NC DHHS COVID-19 response site.
Cleaning & Hygiene
- Perform ongoing and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas (e.g., doors, doorknobs, rails) with an EPA approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and increase disinfection during peak times or high customer density times.
Monitoring for Symptoms
- Conduct daily symptom screening (standard interview questionnaire English|Spanish) of employees at entrance to workplace with immediately sending symptomatic workers home to isolate.
- Employees who have symptoms when they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home.
- Post signage at the main entrance requesting that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not enter, such as Know Your Ws/Stop if You Have Symptoms flyers (English - Color, Black & White; Spanish - Color, Black & White).