Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans

Key Information

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. 

When reopening public pools or other recreational water facilities, follow the guidance on Idaho Rebounds website. Business protocols must maintain community interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


This guidance was created in collaboration with Central District Health and provides recommendations when reopening public pools to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19. Prior to opening, facilities should have an operational plan in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. These plans do not need to be submitted for review or approval. However, to ensure consumer confidence, facilities are encouraged to make their plans available to the public.