Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water

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COVID-19 Guidance

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through recreational water. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home when visiting public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds, as well as natural bodies of water—like beaches and lakes—to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, they are not risk-free. CDC’s Healthy Swimming website provides information for all groups of individuals involved in a healthy and safe swimming experience about how to maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of illness and injury.

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COVID-19 and Beaches
CDC has developed steps beach managers can take to help protect their staff and beach visitors, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and Aquatic Venues
CDC has developed considerations for the safety of those who use, operate, and manage public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds.

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Page last reviewed: April 30, 2021