Indoor Pools To Re-Open In NYC On September 30, 2020
New York City indoor pools, except spa pools (whirlpools and hot tubs) located in gyms and fitness centers, are permitted to re-open tomorrow, September 30, 2020, provided they meet the NYC and NYS Department of Health guidelines.
As reported in our September 2, 2020 blog post, pool and gym operators must develop a Safety Plan and post it at the pool or gym. They must file a Gym and Fitness Facility Inspection Request and Attestation Form to request an inspection from the NYC Health Department. The inspection will usually be virtual, by video call where a health inspector will confer with the pool or gym manager to confirm compliance with the guidelines and may seek video confirmation of such compliance. Should the pool or gym fail its inspection, it must close immediately and correct whatever violations were observed and apply for re-inspection.
Pool and gym operators must also read the NYS guidelines and submit an affirmation form that they understand and will comply with the guidelines. Lifeguards and others requiring special training and certifications must review the certification rules as well. All pool and gym facilities with bathrooms or showers must also follow the requirements of Article 165: Bathing Establishments of the NYC Health Code.
Face coverings (masks) must be worn by pool employees and pool patrons when not swimming in the pool and at all times while in the gym. The maximum capacity now permitted in pools or gyms is 33% of their pre-COVID-19 maximum allowable capacity. Special rules for social distancing and hygiene must also be met, including remote (preferable) or on-site screening for exposure to COVID-19.
If the above steps are taken, the pool and gym operator may open prior to having the NYC Health Department inspection. See:
- New York State Interim Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Centers During COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- Statewide Variance – Acceptance of Aquatic, CPR and First Aid Certifications (as applicable) and complete the Staff Certification Training Review Attestation Form
We are available to answer questions that you may have regarding your pool or gym.