Governors, county judges, and mayors have taken it upon themselves to close all sorts of businesses, parks, and even fishing and boating areas in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As Memorial Day approaches, many areas are keeping their pools closed. That’s an odd thing, because even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the virus doesn’t spread that way.
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. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.
It’s possible that authorities are simply being overly cautious, or perhaps they are not worried about transmitting the disease in the water itself, but as people crowd to such locations and ignore social distancing rules.
Or they could be overdoing it.
It’s getting hot. The holiday is coming. Open the pools and beaches already.