August 4th, 2020
Spray parks and splash pads continued to reopen in areas of Asia, Europe and North America through June and July. Considering the summer temperatures, it’s welcome news for anyone living in areas that are able to slowly reopen public and private water parks. Not only is it a way to cool off, but it’s a welcome diversion for those parents and children who are at wit’s end about what to do with all the time on their hands.
As different facilities reopened, and released the COVID-19 spray park and splash pad regulations under which patrons can “jump in”, there was a similarity in guidelines across countries and continents.
Common COVID-19 Splash Pad Regulations For Those Reopened
Splash pads, spray parks and all amusement parks are now a global phenomenon that eclipses borders, language and culture. Many of the new regulations we have noticed are very similar around the world. Here are just a few.
If You’re Sick – Stay Home – This one might seem obvious, but it can’t be said enough. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing rules on children who are enjoying a spray park.
Regardless of any other precautions being taken, if any one of those children is infected, the virus can be spread to others. While enjoying a cool splash on a summer’s day, parents and children are being asked to stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Disinfect Hands Before and After Play – The U.S. Center for Disease Control has reported that there’s “no evidence that coronavirus spreads through water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas when the water is properly treated”. But that doesn’t mean the virus can’t spread by direct, person-to-person contact or through using the spray park equipment.
Online Reservations – In an effort to control crowding and enforce social distancing, many municipalities require guests to reserve a time slot online before visiting a spray park.
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