THE Junta de Andalucia’s Ministry of Health has announced new restrictions and regulations for community pools.
The Junta de Andalucia’s Ministry of Health has announced new restrictions and regulations for community pools, most of which are on residential complexes, published in the regional government’s BOJA Official Gazette.
The Official College of Property Administrators of Malaga and Melilla has highlighted that many of last year’s measures must continue to be followed, including the “meticulous” cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, “with special attention to closed spaces such as changing rooms or bathrooms prior to the opening of each day”.
However, the biggest change is that capacities allowed in the swimming pool will be dependant on the current Covid health alert at the time, according to SUR.
For health alert level 1, the capacity for a community pool can be 100 per cent, for both indoor and outdoor pools. For alert level 2, the capacity is allowed to continue at 100 per cent in outdoor pools and must be lowered to 75 per cent for indoor pools. For alert level 3, the maximum capacity must be reduced to 75 per cent for outdoor pools and 50 per cent for indoor pools. Finally, for alert level 4, the capacity must be lowered to 50 per cent for outdoor pools and 30 per cent for indoor pools.
As well as the cleaning and disinfecting measures, another is social distancing between groups that do not reside together, a measure that has been maintained since the 2020 summer season. Also “all personal items, such as towels, must remain within the perimeter of the area, and contact with other users must be avoided,” says the BOJA.
All community pools in Andalucia must also have Covid hygiene and safety regulation posters that are visible to users, and users must be urged to leave the area if they encounter any signs or symptoms of the virus.
The College of Property Administrators of Malaga and Melilla has called for individual responsibility to enjoy the bathing season with maximum safety against the virus saying, “Despite the end of the state of alarm, it is of great importance to comply with all the control measures.”