When it comes to downtimes or closures of properties because of the coronavirus epidemic, we finally see the light at the end. These gradual openings can come with a few problems that you need to remember when reopening. We’ll be discussing the steps you should take to prepare to open your pool after the Coronavirus shuts down.
- Certification Requirements
- New Local Health Guidelines
CPO(r), Get Certified ASAP
The first step in opening a pool or hot tub facility is to obtain CPO(r). Colorado law requires that an operator be present at all times to supervise and operate aquatic facilities. There have been many operators who have not received this Certification. However, I can tell that each local health department has sent their inspectors through our classes in preparation for mass inspections due to increased vigilance against the resurgence in coronavirus cases. We believe this will lead to health departments becoming more stringent in determining who is certified. Get the training and Certification you and your staff need to be ready for inspection. CPO(r), certified online, can be done at your own pace from the comfort of your home or office.
New Health Department Requirements
Although we cannot see into the future, local and state health departments will certainly be imposing new safety and health requirements to ensure that our properties are as safe as possible. Our aquatic facilities will be included in these mandates, no doubt. One example of possible future changes could be:
- Chemical testing is more frequent
- Secondary disinfection is required
- More frequent reporting
- Inspections more frequently
- Staffing requirements reduced
- Capacity requirements reduced
- Cleaning of surfaces and concession areas & restrictions
We can only say that you should be informed about any updates from your state or local healthcare department. You can receive this update via email, phone, or in person. It is important to follow all the instructions to ensure your facility can continue to operate safely under the new conditions.
You can find out more about the state and local standards in your area by clicking here.
Operating Your Pool Post-Coronavirus Lockdown
You will want to get your pool back in circulation as soon as possible. Many states have already begun to ease restrictions on property ownership. You want your property ready for guests as soon as possible. Your pool will be ready to go in 7-14 days. This includes:
- Fill up your facility. This can take anywhere from 1 to 5 days.
- It takes up to one week to heat your water to over 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can balance your water chemistry over a few days.
- Circulate your water 24 hours a day to keep your water clean and clear
- Maintain safe disinfection levels
This reopening period will allow you to make your property available for guests when they are allowed to use the facilities again.
Chlorine Will Kill Coronavirus
It will help if you read our article on how chlorine kills Coronavirus. Your chlorine levels must be maintained high due to the incredible effectiveness of chlorine in killing coronavirus. Current recommendations for chlorine levels are to maintain a residual disinfection level of 3.75ppm-4.5ppm. You can protect your guests from Coronavirus by keeping your disinfection levels high.
Note on Ozone, UV and Advanced Oxidation Process
This is a good time to consider secondary disinfection systems. All three methods have been shown to kill bacteria and viruses very effectively. These systems provide extra protection for swimmers and ensure that they have peace of mind while swimming on your property. Most codes do not require these secondary disinfection systems, but they can be a great marketing tool to help guests feel safe in your facility.
Always Be Prepared
Your CPO(r), Certification will be a great starting point in ensuring your property’s safety and compliance. The class will help you understand how to interact with new safety requirements, operational and disinfection requirements, and new health requirements. You can ensure your property remains safe and generates revenue again by staying on top of the latest updates.