Recreational pools in Arkansas can begin reopening today, officials say

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Recreational pools in Arkansas can reopen today, according to a press release.

All types of recreational pools, including seasonal outdoor pools for state parks, hotels, motels,

apartments, subdivision/POAs., indoor pools, municipal and community pools, splash pads, aquatic

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centers, commercial water parks, as well as swim beaches, can reopen today under the following requirements:

The number of people allowed in the facility is restricted to up to 50 percent of the approved bather

load or capacity.

Restrict pool access to fewer entrances as needed to control access and overcrowding.

Maintain a log of persons entering the facility when possible for use in contact tracing should an

outbreak occur.

Screen employees for fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of taste or smell upon

arrival for each shift, and exclude them from work if they are ill.

Place signage regarding the COVID19 symptoms and exclusions at all entrances. These signs should

inform patrons and staff that those who have any of the following characteristics should NOT be

allowed to enter:

o Have had a fever of 100.4°F or greater in the last 2 days;

o Have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell;

o Had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days

Place signage at all entrances advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if

o They are 65 years of age or older.

o They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease,

diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity.

Physical distancing of 6 feet should be maintained between people in all pool areas. However, family

Physical distancing must be enforced at slides, diving boards, and other features that require waiting

in line. Place markings on surface to maintain a 6-foot distance and monitor for compliance.

The pool’s responsible party is required to maintain the safety of bathers by enforcing physical

distancing of 6 feet.

Tables, chairs, water fountains and other high touch surfaces should be disinfected frequently.

Adjust poolside tables or chairs out so that seats are minimum of 6 feet from seats at adjacent tables.

Household groups may sit closer together than 6 feet at tables.

Maintain pool chemistry at the required levels. Test and document pH, free chlorine before opening

and mid-afternoon to ensure proper residuals.

Snack bars are permitted, but no self-service condiments or similar items are allowed.

Pools and other water-related facilities that require lifeguards can also begin reopening, but only for lifeguard training purposes.

The guidelines do not apply to social events held poolside. Those events are covered under Arkansas’ guidelines for large indoor and outdoor venues, according to the press release.