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Planning to go to a pool or spray park in B.C.? Here's what you need to know to be safe

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July 19, 2020 - 6:32 AM

Spray parks and swimming pools are slowing starting to reopen in B.C. as restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed, so the B.C. Centre for Disease Control is offering some tips so you can stay safe.

First on the checklist is to make sure no one has any symptoms of COVID-19. If you or your child feels sick or has any COVID-19 symptoms, the centre for disease control says in a media release to stay home.

You can go to the centre's website here for a full list of COVID-19 symptoms, but the main ones are fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and muscle aches. The province has also created a handy self-assessment tool app you can access here, or you can call 8-1-1 if you have questions.

Pools and spray parks need to limit the number of people to maintain proper physical distancing, so consider visiting a pool or spray park at off-peak times.

Some pools have a reservation or drop-in system for length or casual swimming. Checking beforehand is a good idea prior to your visit. If there is a fee at your local pool, try to use an online payment option if available to to avoid lineups. Some pools may also require contactless pay options in-person.

Arriving in your swim wear is also recommended as change rooms, showers and lockers may not be open or have limited access. Make sure you clean or sanitize your hands upon arrival and make sure to follow entry and exit signs.

Don't wear a face mask in the pool or spray park, try to wear it when you're out of the water and avoid it getting wet.

Don't spit, blow your nose or urinate in the pool.

Wash your hands before leaving the pool or spray park and as soon as you get home.

Information for spray park owners and operators can be found at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's website here.


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