Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Water parks in Alabama are planning to reopen for the summer season after staying closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision arrives as businesses across the country continue to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic measures. Park officials have already informed that safety measures would be undertaken by all parks upon reopening.
As informed by authorities, training would be provided to the cleaning staff to maintain safety measures. Health screenings and temperature checks would be performed on the employees before work. Sanitization stations would also be increased and cleaning procedures would be added on the surface of every park each day. In addition, appropriate PPE or personal protective equipment would be provided to all employees.
Decatur’s Point Mallard Water Park has already opened its campground and golf course and expected an opening by May 23. No new date has been confirmed so far. Blountsville Spring Valley Beach and Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer are planning to reopen on May 30. Alabama Adventure Amusement Park & Splash Adventure Water Park has adopted a We will be ready to ride when you are” slogan for the season, following several changes to adapt to coronavirus prevention measures. Meanwhile, Splash Adventure has plans for two new shows this year – an “aquatic stunt show” and “Wild West Dive Show.” It also plans to operate for an extra week-and-a-half in August to make up for the lost time in May.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control, there is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus disease can spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Experts have mentioned that the average amount of chlorine in properly maintained swimming pools is capable of killing the COVID-19 virus. Proper operation and maintenance including disinfection with chlorine and bromine can also make the virus inactive in the water.
CDC has recommended that recreational water facilities should follow local and state guidance while resuming operations. It has also been mentioned that visitors should practice social distancing measures on water parks and observe good hand hygiene in and out of the water. Water parks in Alabama will also closely monitor COVID-19 regulations and stay updated with the latest information and function accordingly.