Encourage people who are not fully vaccinated to use masks indoors, except in the water.
- Discourage staff and visitors from wearing masks in the water.
- Encourage people who are not fully vaccinated to bring extra masks in case the ones they are wearing get wet.
- Consider having additional masks on hand in case people forget their masks or need to replace wet masks.
- Remind staff and visitors that goggles, SCUBA masks, and other such masks should not be used to protect against COVID-19. Choose a mask that helps protect you and others from getting and spreading COVID-19.
Encourage people who are not fully vaccinated to maintain physical distancing. Physical distancing means staying at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with, and applies both in and out of the water. Six feet is a few more inches than a typical pool noodle.
- Provide physical barriers and guides (such as tables, chairs, and umbrellas in the sand or on the deck) and visual cues (such as posted signs or tape or decals on floors or sidewalks) to encourage people who are not fully vaccinated to maintain physical distancing—in and out of the water. For pools, lane lines can be used in the water.
- Stagger use of shared spaces (such as limiting the number of people in the water and potentially enclosed spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and breakrooms).
- Review federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial limits on gathering size and ensure compliance when hosting an event (such as swim meets and other sports competitions or beach or pool parties).
Exceptions to physical distancing include the need to
- Rescue a distressed swimmer, perform CPR, or provide first aid.
- Evacuate the water or the entire beach or facility because of an emergency.