- Public pools including those operated by the city, as well as commercial water parks closed from open receiving hundreds of families for Memorial Day weekend.
- Water parks delay their opening dates
- Wet’n’Wild water park hoping to re-open by mid-June.
- Swimming pool operators waiting for re-opening guidelines
- Health District encourages operators and facility visitors to enforce social distancing guidelines
Going to the swimming pool is the main outlet for Southern Nevadans especially during summer time.
“Problem is, nobody is sure when, or even if, water parks and pools might open, after aquatic facilities were shut down several weeks ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Las Vegas Review-Journal.
By now, public pools including those operated by the city, as well as commercial water parks would be open to receive hundreds of families for Memorial Day weekend.
Representatives of Clark County have not mentioned a specific time frame for pools re-opening, yet they announced that they will abide by the governor’s orders to re-open.
Kathy Blaha, Senior Marketing Information Officer for the city of Henderson said, “We follow what the governor’s recommendations are…So we have to wait and see what they open in the next phase.”
It is worth mentioning that pools which are run by homeowner associations also remain closed until further notice from the governor.
Many swimming pool operators are waiting on guidelines to help them get back in business.
Justin LuCore, general manager of Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas said, “The World Health Organisation, U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Southern Nevada Health District all are coming up with guidelines and issuing those guidelines even now.
Water parks delay their opening dates
Water parks such as Cowabunga Bay is awaiting orders from the governor, as announced by its co-owner, Shane Huish.
“We’d like to have the park open somewhere between Memorial Day weekend or June 1,” said Huish.
On the other hand, LuCore hopes that Wet’n’Wild water park would re-open by mid-June. He mentions, “determining an opening date has been a bit of a moving target.”
Swimming pool operators waiting for re-opening guidelines
The Health District accounted that if a swimming pool is disinfected properly, the virus cannot survive in the water.
Since the Health District is directly responsible for inspecting and regulating public pools and aquatic centre, water parks, and hotel, apartment and community pools, they’ve issued re-opening guidelines.
They encourage operators and facility visitors to enforce social distancing guidelines. As well, they have to route visitors to avoid large groups.
Screening for temperatures when visitors first enter must also be available in conjunction with a full-time crew to sanitize common surfaces.
“It’s all going to depend on what happens when we open if people decide they want to come to the park or if they decide to stay home. It may end up self-deciding,” Huish.