Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-267-3511
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

Public Swimming Pool Information

Pool swim lanesOn Wednesday, July 1st, the Northern Virginia Region moved into Phase 3.

Phase 3 guidance states (specific to indoor and outdoor public swimming pools):

  1. Hot tubs, spas, saunas, splash pads, spray pools and interactive play features must be closed.
  2. 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.
  3. Free swim is allowed.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Mandatory Requirements

Businesses must strictly adhere to the physical distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, and enhanced workplace safety practices provided in the “Guidelines for All Business Sectors” document. If businesses choose to open, they must adhere to the following additional requirements for outdoor operations:

  • Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the establishment.
  • Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, gatherings, options for high-risk individuals and staying home if sick (samples at bottom of this document).
  • 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, provided ten feet of physical distance may be maintained between patrons not 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 at least ten feet of spacing between persons who are not members of the same household.
  • All seating (including lifeguard stations) must be cleaned and disinfected between uses.
  • Employees working in customer-facing areas are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, such as using CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings guidance. Lifeguards responding to distressed swimmers are exempt from this requirement.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations, including at the entrance/exit and where shared equipment is utilized.
  • Facilities should screen patrons for COVID-19 symptoms prior to admission to the facility. Patrons should be asked if they are currently experiencing fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever, a new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition, new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition, new chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition, a new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition, or new muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise). Children should be screened per the CDC guidance for screening children. Anyone experiencing symptoms should not be permitted in the facility. Screenings should be conducted in accordance with applicable privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations.

Best Practice

  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of high contact areas and hard surfaces, including check out stations and payment pads, store entrance push/pull pads, door knobs/handles, dining tables/chairs, light switches, handrails, restrooms, floors, and equipment. Follow CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection and use an EPA-approved disinfectant to clean. For high contact areas, routinely disinfect surfaces at least every 2 hours.
  • Encourage patrons to wear face coverings.
  • When protective equipment such as face coverings are used, launder daily and wash hands after touching/adjusting face covering while working.
  • Use disposable towels and linens where possible. All reusable towels, linens and other porous fabric should be laundered after single use. Store towels and linens in a closed, covered container prior to use.

CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides additional information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to water and water recreation facilities:

 

VDH Guidance

The Virginia Department of Health provides additional information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to water and related recreation facilities:

 

Additional Considerations if Pool is to Remain Closed for the Season

If you decide to not open your pool this season, the pool must be properly maintained while it is closed to the public.  Leaving untreated water in the pool may lead to breeding of mosquitos and undesirable algae growth.

 

Sample Signage

Feeling Sick? Do Not Enter

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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