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Masking Guidance Update and COVID-19 FAQs

MASKING GUIDANCE UPDATE AND COVID-19 FAQs

 

 

MASKING GUIDANCE UPDATE: MARCH 10, 2022

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have announced that they will align with the State’s guidance to remove the mask requirement for students in schools, child care facilities, and supervised youth activities after March 11, 2022. Masks will remain strongly recommended, but not required.  Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County Health Officer shared, “Cases are declining to near pre-surge levels everywhere, and this is the right time to move face masking guidance from requirement to recommendation in most settings.” In keeping with our practice to uphold our County’s mandates and guidance, we will amend our masking protocols for staff and members as follows:
  • The masking mandate will be lifted at the end of the day on Friday, March 11, 2022. Members and staff will be required to wear masks through Friday, 3/11.
  • Masks become strongly recommended but optional for those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated Saturday, March 12th.
  • Staff is required to follow the requirements of Cal/OSHA which have also aligned with the State and County public health masking guidance. Therefore, masks for staff will also become optional at the end of the day on Friday, March 11, 2022.
The State and County guidance state masks continue to be strongly recommended. We recognize and support the continued wearing of masks for members and staff who choose to do so.
We ask everyone to respect the personal choices of others. No member or staff member should endure criticism or mistreatment for their choice to wear or not wear a mask and such behavior will not be tolerated. To reiterate the CDPH in their update, Be kind. Be accepting. Be respectful. Be safe.
At this time, the only change is to mask requirements and does not impact the isolation, and quarantine protocols related to COVID-19:
  • We will continue to follow all quarantine and isolation guidelines for both members and staff.
  • If your swimmer or a member of the household exhibits COVID-related symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, please notify us and continue to have them stay home and follow current isolation protocols.

SHOWER FACILITIES

  • Beginning March 12th, shower facilities in Livermore and Newark are scheduled to reopen as “Rinse Only” stations.
  • Beginning April 1st, shower facilities in Fremont, Dublin and Walnut Creek are scheduled to reopen as “Rinse Only” stations since a limited number will be open.
  • This will allow us to ensure the equipment is operating properly and prepare for social distancing in the shower areas.
Changes to other COVID-19 health and safety protocols will remain an evolving process. We will continue to update you as additional State and County guidance changes.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support as we transition into a new phase of living with COVID-19.

FAQs

  • How Clean is Your Pool Water?

Because we care about the safety of our staff members and our families, we have always had cutting-edge technologies that include state-of-the-art regenerative filters, which filter particles down to 1 micron. 

In every one of our ASA facilities, we also use specialized chlorination systems that ensure proper chemistry and enable us to have the highest quality water possible for members and instructors at all times. 

All 5 locations have an Ultra-violet (UV) sanitation treatment system to provide enhanced disinfection. These UV systems are not required by the health department, but we invested in them as an extra measure of protection.

American Swim Academy has a full-time maintenance staff who monitor and service each location daily.  This allows us to ensure the highest quality of water for our staff and members.  

  • How Can I Help Keep Everyone Safe at the Pool?

In general, if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of any illness, we ask that you fully recover before returning to swim school.  Please follow our guidelines and let us know if you will be missing class in order to qualify for a make-up class.

Remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends the following preventative actions you can take to improve your chances of staying healthy. Our staff members are following these recommendations and we encourage you to do so as well:

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick. 

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes

  • Water Quality Information and Water Filtration –  DEFENDER® REGENERATIVE MEDIA FILTER

The Defender filter will remove particles down to 1 micron. With the growing concerns about waterborne illnesses (WBI) such as cryptosporidiosis, the smaller the particle removal the better. The Defender filter is especially effective on pools with heavy bather loads because of the increased filter area and dirt holding capacity. Defender filters will also retard the increase in turbidity. A major contributor to turbidity in pool water is the treatment chemicals, especially sodium hypochlorite.  UV Disinfection ETS-UV™ DISINFECTION GENERATORS How UV Disinfection Works ​​UV light provides effective inactivation of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds, and pathogens without the use of chemicals. UV light works by causing permanent damage to the DNA or RNA found in all living species.  Once DNA becomes damaged or dimerized, the organism, such as Cryptosporidium, is unable to carry out the routine cell functions of respiration, the assimilation of food, and replication. Once the cell is rendered non-viable, the organism cannot cause infection. ETS-UV generators have been validated for performance per rigorous industry-specific standards for drinking water, water reuse, and recreational water applications.  Chlorine Sanitization   Per the CDC: “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.”  All American Swim Academy pools use chlorine as the primary means of sanitization.  As you may know, the CDC recommends chlorine bleach as a surface disinfectant for use against Covid-19, it sanitizes pool water in the same way.

  • What is chlorine and how is chlorine made?

Chlorine is a naturally occurring chemical element and one of the basic building blocks of matter. Chlorine is produced from ordinary salt, bypassing an electric current through a solution of brine (common salt dissolved in water) in a process called electrolysis.  Why is chlorine added to swimming pools? Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs. When it is added to a swimming pool, it forms a weak acid called hypochlorous acid that kills bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, as well as germs that cause viruses such as coronavirus, diarrhea, and swimmer’s ear.

 

 

 

 

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