Preparing Your Pool for a Safe Post-COVID Boom

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This pandemic has made life far more complicated and inconvenient than most of us ever expected. Thankfully, slowly but surely, things will begin to return to normal. As such, businesses need to prepare for the expected boom in business as people are counting down the days until they are vaccinated and fly the proverbial coop.

Is your business ready to handle this influx of customers while still trying to mitigate the tail end of this pandemic?

Hotels and Motels Have to Update Signage for All Areas

While it might not be on the top of every hotel owner or manager’s list, updating the signage on your premises will go a long way in not only keeping your employees safe, but it will protect your guests as well. Common areas that are forgotten about are vending areas, exercise rooms, game rooms, and pools. While simple, please stay six feet apart and wear your mask signs are easy to put up, addressing the pool area will be a bit more complicated.

Updating the Rules and Pool Hours

During the pandemic, the hours of operation for your pool are likely going to change. So, make sure that this information is updated to reflect it. Also, make sure guests know the maximum occupancy for the poolside area so that everyone can remain safely distanced.

Limit Use and Add to Your Level of Control

It might be worth considering adding to your new set of rules, such as limiting the amount of time people can be in the pool before they must exit and give other guests a chance to use the pool. The best way to accomplish this is to have a signup sheet at the front desk where guests can request time in the pool. This allows you to control the number of guests in the pool area at one time, but also allows for proper cleaning between guests.

Using Decals and Floor Stickers to Control Where People Go

For years, you have used floor vinyl and stickers to mark off how deep areas of your pool are, as well as mark the sections in which diving is not allowed. Now is as good a time as any to update the floor-based signs in your pool area as the traffic is going to be limited before this upcoming boom.

You can use slip-proof footprints along the sides of the pool leading to the restrooms.  If your location also utilizes a hot tub or a jacuzzi, you will want to update the signage in this area. Make sure it has information regarding the maximum occupancy as well as age restriction information.

Depending on your area, you may also be required to have an additional sign citing the risks and dangers of using these types of pools, especially for children and pregnant women.

If you are looking to update your hotel’s signage, especially the pool areas, then contact us today. We can help you develop the perfect series of signs to clearly deliver the safety messages you want!