Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs During COVID-19

While Rising Sun Pools & Spas is open for business as usual, our staff is also available by phone, email, and video conference. You may also purchase chemicals and parts from our retail locations using our Curbside Service. Learn more about retail operations here. We understand that there are likely to be questions about COVID-19 in relation to your swimming pool or hot tub.

Can COVID-19 Spread Through Pools and Hot Tubs?

The CDC states that “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Make sure that your pool or hot tub is working properly, keep your pool or hot tub clean and maintain the equipment so it works properly, and make sure to have the correct amount of sanitizer in the water. 

Chlorine and COVID-19

As long as your pool or hot tub is properly chlorinated, it is safe to swim. The chlorine level should be between 1 part per million (ppm) and 3 ppm. If you are not feeling well, do not swim in the pool. THe CDC states that sanitizers like chlorine and bromine should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19, so yes, chlorine does kill the coronavirus. Chlorine levels should be kept at the recommended range of 1 ppm to 3 ppm.

No Swimming with COVID-19

While there is no evidence that swimming in a pool or relaxing in a hot tub will spread the coronavirus, it is not a good idea for anyone to swim in a pool or soak in a hot tub if they have COVID-19. Why? Because someone who is sick may cough into their hand and touch the side of the hot tub or the pool ladder on a part that is not submerged in chlorinated water. If someone touches that area after them and then touches their face, nose, eyes, or mouth, they could get sick. 

The coronavirus can linger on surfaces, surviving for up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. 

Regular shocking of your pool is always recommended, but it is an even better idea to do so now more than ever. After shocking your pool, continue to do so weekly.

Rising Sun Pools & Spas

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