What can I do to limit my exposure?
Even though there is a risk of exposure to Covid-19 which you agree to when coming to the Texas Pool, there are still things you can do to limit your exposure. These guidelines are adopted from the health protocols provided by Governor Abbott and the CDC and are specifically for visitors of the Texas Pool:
Disinfect your chair or table before and after use (with the provided disinfectant).
Maintain your distance from non-family members, and ensure your children socially distance parameters.
Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
If you’re sick or you’ve come in contact with someone who has COVID 19 symptoms, please stay home.
Can I have a party this year at the Texas Pool?
In order to encourage social distancing and ensure we stay under the 50% capacity requirement, we are only hosting private parties outside of regular swim hours at this time.
What is the Texas Pool doing to limit my exposure?
The Texas Pool is committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we cannot guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19. This is the risk you agree to when you come to swim. However, we are following the guidance for Texas from Governor Abbott and recommendations from the CDC as well as utilizing advice from other sources to ensure your visit is as safe as possible. Some of our new precautions and safety measures include*:
Ensuring we are at or below the state mandatory capacity level by limiting our capacity to 85 guests. *This may result in a wait to enter*
Implementing standard cleaning time blocks during the day to clean and sanitize high traffic areas. Tues-Fri @ 2pm & 5pm Sat & Sun @ 3pm
Providing hand soap and hand sanitizer for staff, members and guests
Providing face masks for staff to wear, if appropriate
Utilizing a safety plexiglass shield at the welcome desk
Posting safety signage detailing our safety measures and safety guidelines both online and at the facility
Visual changes and signage to remind, encourage and improve social distancing
How is the Texas Pool promoting social distancing and limiting person-to-person contact?
At the welcome desk, we have installed a clear guard to protect our team members and guests. We encourage you to pay with a credit or debit card and swipe it yourself. We will post signage and floor decals to encourage social distancing. The staff/lifeguards may request you to social distance yourself (or your kids) if necessary. Please be mindful of your family and others in maintaining safe social distancing while at the pool.
What steps is the Texas Pool taking to keep team members safe?
We are closely monitoring the health and well-being of our lifeguards.
We have created a special position, a COVID-19 Response Lead, to provide us guidance as we navigate the unique challenges this summer.
All team members are encouraged to monitor their health status prior to coming to work and notify the Texas Pool immediately if any symptoms are detected.
Any team member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be instructed to stay home and encouraged to seek medical attention.
Will everyone be required to wear a mask?
In order to stay in line with the governor’s new statewide mask requirements, The Texas Pool asks all guests to cover their face when coming or going through the front gate area. We also ask that you cover your face when you approach the front desk or lifeguards.
The CDC encourages most everyone to wear a face mask when in public. However, the CDC does NOT recommend a face mask in the water as it is too hard to breath when the mask gets wet. Therefore, we ask both you and our lifeguards to wear masks when interacting face-to-face but NOT while in the water. No masks should be worn in the water.
The lifeguards will not wear a mask on the stand. In the event of an emergency, lifeguards will need to get in the water quickly for a rescue.
Guests over the age of 10 who are lounging around the pool are encouraged to keep their mask on. The Texas governor’s order state only people who are exercising outdoors and maintaining a safe distance from others not in their household are exempt. We respect your right to choose, but also be respectful of the rights of others.
How is the Texas Pool supporting our community through this challenge?
The Texas Pool is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and community resource. We host a Little Free Library and a Little Free Pantry to provide for many in our neighborhood and community. Please donate if you can!
How do I join the Texas Pool?
Members get first priority at the Texas Pool this summer while our capacity is limited to 50%. Please see our Memberships page for more information about becoming a member and to join.
What can I do to help the Texas Pool remain open safely?
Volunteer! The Texas Pool is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, managed, maintained and marketed by a dedicated team of volunteers. We are seeking help in diverse areas. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested. A board team member will call you to share some of the exciting volunteer opportunities available.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the Texas Pool's response to COVID-19?
If you have questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com. Our COVID-19 Response team lead will contact you to address your concern.
Is it safe to swim at the Texas Pool this season?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), treated water disables the Corona Virus. The UV kills the virus and the outdoors/wind sweeps away the virus, we feel confident that the risk is low. HOWEVER, THERE IS A RISK that you assume by coming to the Texas Pool. COVID-19 is contagious from person to person, out of the water, and on surfaces. Check out this article for more information. It is up to you to assume this risk or not. If you don't feel comfortable, that's ok, we will definitely see you next year!
What happens if I come to the pool and it's at capacity?
Swimming at the Texas Pool this summer is limited by state-mandated capacity requirements. Before heading to the Texas Pool, visit our website to check the capacity level or give us a call at (972) 881-8392. Arriving at the pool when it is at max capacity may result in a wait to enter. We don't think that will happen often and will make adjustments if it does.
How frequently can I visit and how long can I stay?
With Gov. Greg Abbott expanding the state-mandated capacity requirements to 50%, we no longer feel we will need a reservation system to stay at the capacity allowed. Members are welcome to visit at any time without making a reservation. Daily guest access may be limited to give members priority access to the pool.
Why did the Texas Pool's capacity change?
Texas Governor Abbott announced in May that much of Texas could open, allowing up to 50% capacity including the Texas Pool. The Texas Pool Board of Directors then calculated our 50% capacity based on square footage of the facility, seating areas and other factors. However, we were not comfortable opening the Texas Pool up to that capacity at that time. We decided as a board to allow a lower number of 75 guests. Once we opened and could visually see the spacing of people and the amount of space still available, we have increased our capacity allowance to 85 patrons, still under the allowed 50% capacity. We will continue to be flexible and keep our guests and members in mind as we make future decisions around the safety at the Texas Pool.