We currently do not have guidance from the Dept. of Health regarding how 50% capacity will be evaluated or if any additional measures will be required to ensure a facility can operate safely preventing the transmission of COIVD-19. We are awaiting clarification from Washington State Department of Health and hope for that update soon.
In the meantime, we are encouraging facilities to prepare by determining the maximum bather load of their pool and/or spa along with building occupancy. Building occupancy may be displayed on the occupancy permit posted inside the establishment. You may also contact the applicable building department for your establishment to receive this information. Bather load is the maximum number of persons allowed in your pool or spa at any one time. If you do not know the maximum bather load for your pool/spa, email us at
and we can help you make that determination.
Since the roll out of phases will be determined by epidemiologic data collected as we go, is based on, we cannot yet provide a solid date on when recreational water facilities will be allowed to reopen. Based on the assumption that each phase will last for at least three weeks, reopening could happen mid-June, at the earliest.
We will be sending out another newsletter soon with updates from Washington State Department of Health as soon as we receive guidance.