COVID-19 is Unlikely to Spread in a Swimming Pool or Hot Tub, Says CDC
Some positive news we all could use as we go into hot weather and the summer season.
According to the CDC, people shouldn't worry about the spread of coronavirus when they are swimming.
There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas (via USA Today).
As long as there's "proper operation and maintenance," i.e. cleaning, that "should inactivate the virus in the water." However, it is still important for people to maintain social distancing because while you won't get COVID-19 from the water, you can get it from someone who is close to you in the water. People are also still encouraged to wear face masks when heading to the pool but, obviously, not when you're in the water.
The CDC also released long list of guidelines for public pools, water playgrounds, and hot tubs for cities and communities to follow this summer.
Unfortunately the City of Grand Rapids made the decision, in their last commission meeting, to close their three city pools and 14 splash pads for the season. You can stay-up-to-date with open and closed amenities in the city here.