A Must-Have Checklist to Reopen Swimming Pools This Summer
COVID-19 has not been kind to most businesses. Least of all those that involve a gathering of people.
After a long wait, swimming pool clubs now have the green light to reopen.
So it is finally time to reopen with full gusto and celebrate, right?
Not so soon.
Swimming pools, both public and private, have always had to follow a long list of rules to ensure safety and well-being. With the new COVID-19 norms in place, the checklist has grown even longer.
There are two ways for businesses to tackle this - either feel bogged down by the new rules or take the challenge head-on.
We believe that you are part of the latter.
And this is precisely why we have created a checklist so you can reopen your swimming pools this summer with all the protocols in place. Read on to learn more.
Six feet apart - that is the mantra. It is challenging when operating a space that involves a lot of people. However, technology can come to your rescue.
Omnify’s Pool Reservation Software helps your members book their slots in advance, so there is no crowding at the reception. It also helps you know exactly how many people are expected at a given time so that you may plan accordingly. It also allows businesses to go Contactless ways of check-ins as a touchless alternative to enter a facility. Omnify’s QR Check-ins not only help in moving the queue faster but is a modern-day solution to regulate scheduled visits as well.
To know more, Read QR Check-ins: Contactless, self check-ins for your clients
Equip your pool staff with infrared thermometers and teach them the right way to use these devices. The receptionists must record members' temperatures before entering the pool area and ensuring that the numbers are recorded.
Periodic checks must also be undertaken to record any sudden changes in body temperature. Capacity Management will help ease the burden of work on your staff's shoulders so they can take on the added responsibility without feeling overwhelmed.
Online Waivers and Covid-19 Declaration Forms
Omnify Pool Reservation Software also provides businesses with a COVID-19 Declaration Form that all visitors need to sign at the time of booking to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff. Additionally, Omnify provides another touchless alternative to paper waivers for businesses. It's the feature of Online waivers that reduces liabilities on businesses as customers have to accept business policies prior to using the services. Also, it allows faster check-ins, which means less load for your staff and lesser waiting time for your visitors.
The pool facility is a common area with many surfaces where people come into regular contact. Disinfecting has never been as crucial as it is now. All commonly touched surfaces must be disinfected with quality disinfectants from time to time. It is recommended that you pay special attention to the changing rooms where there is a greater possibility of surface infections. Additionally, you can ask clients to arrive swim-ready to encourage limited use of locker rooms and changing areas to facilitate adequate social distancing measures. You can think of as many safety guidelines you want to set for clients regarding pool usage, say what accessories they need to bring, etc. With the Pool Reservation System, you can also block a fixed time between two slots for disinfecting and cleaning the entire facility, an essential step in these times.
Hand sanitizers are as important as your keys. Every visitor to your swimming club must have ready access to a sanitizer at all times, even if they may not have one on them.
This means making arrangements for sanitizer stands at strategic places, making it convenient for the people to locate and use them whenever required. Do not forget that sanitizer bottles have to be refilled as required. Opting for a Pool Scheduling System helps track the number of people anticipated at any given time slot so the sanitizers can be refilled to match the demand.
Face Coverings / Masks
Masks are among your first line of defense against the COVID-19 virus. It is your responsibility to ensure that every person at the pool facility- the staff and the visitors - wears a mask at all times when not in water.
We know and understand that enforcing such discipline is easier said than done. But here it is about the safety of everyone. We also recommend stocking up on masks at the reception for those who may need them.
Running a business is no mean feat. Add to that, running a facility that involves a gathering of people in the new normal is even more difficult.
What is needed right now is to think on your feet and exercise due diligence while making decisions.
Not only that, but with the right technology such as Pool Scheduling Software with its features such as Membership Management, Contactless Check-ins, and Advanced Booking, you can breeze through the new normal.
Onwards and upwards!