After months of lockdown, it seems like most Americans were out in full force this past weekend. The weather is warmer and balmier, making a trip to the pool seem like the perfect escape. Yet since we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we have to follow a strict COVID-19 prevention protocol to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Here are a few tips to help prevent the spread of coronavirus while visiting the pool or a water park.
Research the Location’s Safety Protocol
Find out what the pool or park’s safety protocol is before your visit. Look at the website or call to find out what measures are in place. Are they limiting the number of people visiting at any one time? Do they practice social distancing? How are they disinfecting?
Continue Social Distancing
Follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and COVID-19 prevention. Keep a physical distance of at least six feet from others both in and out of the water. Spread deck or beach chairs at least six feet apart from each other as well.
Be Vigilant About Hygiene
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—this means before, during and after visiting recreational waters. If you go to the restroom during your visit, wash your hands again. Don’t spit or blow your nose when you’re around others. Try to exit the water if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on. Shower before and immediately after swimming.
Wear & Disinfect Shoes
Do not walk barefoot anywhere. Germs can live on the bottom of your shoes and be tracked into your home where they easily transfer to its surfaces. Wear flip flops or shower shoes on decks, sidewalks, locker rooms and restrooms. Disinfect shoes and flip flops with Clear Gear before and after every use. Spray and let dry at least 10 minutes before wearing. This helps kill the germs that cause the human coronavirus, influenza, common colds, Athlete’s foot, ringworm, staph infections like MRSA and many other infectious diseases.
Stay Home if You’re At Risk
Don’t hit recreational waters if you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who is showing symptoms. If you have compromised immunity or a chronic illness, stay at home.
After surviving lockdown, we’re all ready to get outdoors and enjoy the sun. Just take steps to protect yourself and reduce your risk of infection. Click through for more COVID-19 prevention tips.