Public pools: Are they safe to use during the pandemic?

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Published on July 06, 2020

Public pools: Are they safe to use during the pandemic?

Photo of a pool ladderThe weather is heating up making us all want to use a swimming pool. If you don’t have a pool at home and rely on public aquatic centers, then this information is for you.


The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health has adopted a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, that is aligned with California’s roadmap to allow the safe reopening of public swimming pools.


The county of Los Angeles as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have required safety guidelines for pool operators to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Public pool operators must implement all applicable measures listed in the guidelines and be prepared to explain why any measure that is not implemented is not applicable. Those measures include establishing:

  • Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health
  • Measures to ensure social distancing
  • Measures for infection control
  • Measures to communicate to the public
  • Measures that ensure equitable access to critical services


The CDC stated that “Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through recreational water. However it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home when visiting public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds, as well as natural bodies of water—like beaches and lakes—to slow the spread of COVID-19.”


Public swimming pools include pools found at campgrounds, clubs, commercial settings, health or fitness clubs, hotels, licensed day care facilities, medical facilities, mineral springs, motels/hotels, municipal aquatic centers, public or private schools, mobile home parks, resorts, swim schools and more.


Hot tubs/jacuzzi/spa pools, water parks and splash pads located within amusement parks are to remain closed for the time being.


If you live in a residential complex, the guidelines differ. Visit, for more information.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.