That first splash of the season is likely to take a while longer at Colorado’s public swimming pools, with health officials warning that while chlorine can wipe out COVID-19, things like suntan lotion and deodorant can weaken chlorine’s ability to deactivate the virus, according to 9 News in Denver. Water World won’t open at all this season and opening dates for other popular water spots are still up in the air.
Aurora, Denver and Elitch Gardens said they are waiting for further guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before deciding when it will be safe to open pools. In the meantime health experts are advising swimmers to keep their social distance from other swimmers in pools and use disinfectants to wipe down chairs, floats and other surfaces.
“We are still planning to open the park as soon as possible thereafter,” said Elitch Gardens General Manager David Dorman. “Rest assured that when we open, we will have the most strict and detailed safety and sanitation protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and your family safe,” added Dorman.