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Montgomery County Guidance On Pools And Gyms In Phase 2 Reopening

MBS Staff
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Montgomery County Government will enter Phase 2 in the reopening of the county starting on Friday June, 19 at 5:00 p.m. This will be the first time in months that people in the county will be able to enter many facilities including gyms and pools due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Pools will be subject to extra scrutiny according to County Executive Marc Elrich and guidelines have been issued to operators in advance.

Here are some of the highlights from the County Executive’s issuance,

  • All indoor and outdoor swimming pools may reopen once inspected and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services' Licensure & Regulatory Services program.
  • All hot tubs, spray or splash pads, wading pools and lazy river pools must remain closed until Phase 3.
  • Swimming pools may open after determining the maximum number of people who may be permitted in the pool fenced-enclosure (this includes pool deck and grounds). To determine this, divide the square footage surface area of the pool by 36. This ensures 6 feet of separation between pool patrons in the water.
  • Lap lanes may only be used by one patron in the water at a time.
  • If the pool is open for lap swimming only, the maximum number of people who may be permitted in the pool fenced enclosure at one time is limited to the number of lap lanes plus one additional person per lap lane until Phase 3.
  • Should pools decide to have both open water areas and lap lanes simultaneously, the maximum number allowed in the pool's fenced enclosure is limited to the open water surface area only until Phase 3. (This will allow for in-water fitness classes and lap swimming simultaneously while limiting the number of people in the pool).
  • Only pools designed and previously approved may have lap swimming.
  • Staff who interact with patrons or other staff must wear face coverings.
  • Patrons should wear face coverings when interacting with staff or other individuals not from their household.
  • Implement physical distancing requirements between patrons or household groups at the facility. Change deck layout to ensure that individuals or household groups can remain at least 6 feet apart in the standing or seating areas. No gatherings or events.

Learn more about information related to pools.

As far as gyms are concerned those that meet will open with requirements will only be allowed to have one patron per 200 sq. ft. of fitness space. No word on how long each patron can be in a facility but customers should expect long wait times or being denied access unless a reservation was made.

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