Can I still use my hot tub and swimming pool during the COVID-19 outbreak?

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It’s a crazy time, filled with a lot of confusion, frustration and fear for all of us. 

Like many businesses, we’ve taken the decision to close down to help stop the spread of COVID-19, hopefully ensuring that as a country we get control over this and can all get back to normal a little soon. 

Can you still use your hot tub or swimming pool during COVID-19?

The great new is…yes!

There is no reason that you can’t use your swimming pool or hot tub. The CDC released the following statement:

 

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19, there should be appropriate care taken both in and outside the pool,  to protect yourself and others. Owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, or spas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

So, you can safely use them. But the caveat is that the water has to be well maintained. This is always important. As well as Coronavirus, there are a tonne of other bugs and bacteria that can grow in a hot tub that need to be kept under control with chemicals.

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Of course, this doesn’t mean you can have hot tub or pool parties with your friends or neighbours. But you can safely use it with your family or household. 

How to ensure your hot tub and swimming pool are clean and safe?

So, on the caveat that you pool and hot tub water is clean you can use it. But how do you keep the water clean? The main thing you need to do is test and dose the water with chemicals accordingly. 

For hot tubs this is:

  • Test the ph: Read more
  • Chlorine/Bromine (whatever you are using to sanitise the water): Read more

For swimming pools you will need to test the above plus calcium hardness. 

How to do a DIY service on your hot tub

Every 3 months of so you will need to drain down the spa, clean it out and refill it. Chemicals keep the water clean, but eventually, you will need to drain down and start all over again. 

Watch the video below for information on why you need to drain your hot tub. 

If you haven’t drained and cleaned your hot tub in a while, then there is no better time than now. Make sure it is new water and clean for Coronavirus.

You can download our DIY service guide for a step-by-step guide 

In conclusion

Hot tubs are an excellent way to relax and kill some time safely at home with your household. 

And, the good news is, as long as you keep your water clean they are perfectly safe to use. 

Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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