“When are pools going to open?” is a popular question across the Bluegrass right now. On June 29, public pools will be allowed to reopen in Kentucky, but only if they meet a set of guidelines released by Governor Andy Beshear yesterday.
First off, capacity. To determine how many swimmers will be allowed in the pool at once, facilities will need to take the water surface area and divide by 36 square feet. For instance, a 2,000 square foot pool would have a capacity of 55 people (2000/36 = 55.5) to comply with social distancing requirements of six feet on all sides. Those same calculations should be used to determine the maximum number of people allowed in the facility at once.
Social distancing will be enforced any time someone’s head is above water (this sounds like a lifeguard’s nightmare). Any chairs on deck should be spaced six feet apart on all sides, and guests are encouraged to bring their own. Waiting areas, saunas, and steam rooms must also remained closed. Locker rooms, common areas, break rooms, and restrooms may open, but must be properly and frequently cleaned and ventilated. Employees must wear face coverings and other PPE whenever they are within six feet of one another, except for lifeguards (safety hazard). You can review all the guidelines here.
Lexingtonians, before you start packing your beach bag, keep in mind that public pools in the city will not open this summer per Mayor Linda Gorton’s order.