On Wednesday, July 1st, the Northern Virginia Region moved into Phase 3.
Phase 3 guidance states (specific to indoor and outdoor public swimming pools):
- Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools and interactive play features must be closed.
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open at up to 75% occupancy, if applicable, with ten feet of physical distance between patrons not members of the same household.
- Free swim is allowed.
- Swimming instruction and water exercise classes must be limited to allow all participants to maintain ten feet of physical distance where practicable. Parents or guardians may support a participant during class, and instructors may have contact with swimmers when necessary.
- Seating may be provided on pool decks with ten feet of spacing between persons who are not members of the same household.
This guidance applies to all community pools, including those operated by apartment and condominium complexes, recreation centers, homeowner’s associations and swim clubs.
All indoor and outdoor pools must always have a lifeguard present.
Additional guidance from the Governor’s Office for all business sectors including the operation of public swimming pools can be read in the Safer at Home: Phase 3 Guidelines for All Business Sectors.
Virginia Department of Health Guidance for Aquatic Facilities in Phase 1 and Phase 2 is available on this Aquatic Facilities: Phase 1 and 2 page.