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European Waterpark Association releases guidance on two stage plan for the re-opening of aquatic facilities

European Waterpark Association releases guidance on two stage plan for the re-opening of aquatic facilities
April 29, 2020

The European Waterpark Association (EWA) has released guidance on a standardised procedure for the re-opening of waterparks and spas that can be put in place when Coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased and facilities are again allowed to operate.

The EWA’s two-stage phase re-opening plan includes recommendations that governments and authorities to carry out while its checklist for pool operators has been compiled to systematically prepare the re-opening.

Stage Phase 1: Re-opening of waterparks and spas with reduced numbers of users

In stage Phase 1, the number of bathers admitted to a waterpark or spa at any one time is limited. The ideal parameter for the limitation is the number of available lockers, as this is already adapted to the size and maximum capacity (simultaneity factor) of the spas, and it is a very good way of managing restricted numbers. A maximum of 2/3 of the existing lockers may be used (only one user at a time). Counting is carried out using the cash register system or by the limited number of issued keys.

Stage Phase 2: Re-opening of waterparks and spas in normal operation

The simultaneity factor (the number of users present at the one time) is determined by the number of all available lockers. No more guests may be admitted than the number of lockers available.

Click here to view the Two Stage Reopening Plan.

Click here to view the EWA Checklist.

Image of Aquasplash, Antibes, France used under a Creative Commons license courtesy of E v Schoonhoven.

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