Alexandria Health Department Releases Guidance for Beach, Pool Visits

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – This afternoon The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) shared guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about visiting pools and beaches. There is still community spread of the coronavirus, so as The Zebra Press reported previously, it is best to use caution.

To view the CDC guidelines in full, click HERE.

In summary, people are advised to stay at least six feet away from others. Anyone showing symptoms of illness is encouraged to stay home. Wear a face covering when out of the water. Wash hands often. Avoid touching objects and sharing items.

The AHD asks people to be mindful of outbreaks in travel destinations such as those seen in Rehoboth and Myrtle Beach. Making the decision to be around others, apart from those that share your household, increases the chance of illness in your family.

Under Phase Three of reopening in Virginia, indoor and outdoor swimming pools allow 75 percent occupancy. Ten feet of distance is required between swimmers who are not part of your household. Visit the CDC’s Healthy Swimming website for information on how to stay healthy in the water and prevent drowning.

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