With federal and local rules, Philly-area swim clubs work to implement coronavirus guidelines

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Swim clubs that will open their doors this summer have federal and local guidelines they must follow, and clubs in the Philadelphia area are hard at work in an effort to meet these standards.

Temperature checks, spaced-out seating, and reserved swimming times are just a few of the changes the Nile Swim Club of Yeadon in Delaware County is implementing.

“We're asking our members to shower prior to attending to minimize the use of our restrooms. You can also bring your own lawn chair if you want. We'll also be providing face shields and masks,” president Anthony Patterson Sr. said.

He said they're requiring members to wear masks when they're not in the pool during their 45-minute swim shift.

They're also only letting just 25 people in at a time.

“It's been a little bit challenging, but we know that the pool is a necessity in our community, especially since they've taken down the basketball courts and all that kind of stuff. We must open for our community to give them something to do, we're fighting through it, and we're going to make it happen,” he added. 

Bucks County Health Department Director David Damsker said if operated properly, pool clubs like the Nile can offer more than just reprieve from the summer heat.

“One of the safest places you can be right now in the United States is in a highly chlorinated pool,” Damsker said. 

He explained that chlorine in pools help kill the coronavirus — a win for folks looking to swim while social distancing in the summer.

“It's an envelope virus, and chlorine takes care of it pretty well. We've asked the pools to do some small things differently, we asked them to keep their chlorine levels higher than they usually do,” Damsker added.