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Dubai: Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism has issued a circular detailing precautionary measures that must be taken to reopen swimming pools in hotels in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The guidelines include ensuring that employees are virus-free through testing, and ensuring that swimming pools don’t exceed a maximum capacity of 50%, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi tweeted.

Following are the key points in the circular
• Swimming pool water quality test must be conducted before resuming operations
• All staff, including swimming instructors and lifeguards, should undergo CovID-19 testing prior to reopening, and test on a bi-weekly basis afterwards
• Temperature checks must be done on all individuals (staff, guests, contractors etc.) before entering the hotel facilities
• Guests, staff or contractors showing flu-like symptoms are to be denied access to the hotel premises
• Number of guests allowed to use the swimming pool at any one time shall not exceed its set capacity of 50%
• Signs detailing the capacity level must be displayed at the entrance
• Sunbeds and loungers are to be placed 2m apart
• Physical distancing markings of 2m should be clearly defined on the ground
• No physical contact between swimmers allowed
• Guests should maintain 2m distance from others at all times inside and outside the pool. Members of a single group (up to 4 members) can be seated together
• All guests and staff are required to wear masks at all times, which can only be removed during any activity which requires body and face submersion
• Outside showers can be used and operated, one person at a time
• Changing rooms, lockers and shower facilities are permitted on the condition that cleaning and disinfection is performed after every use and physical distancing must be maintained at all times
• Hand sanitisers must be made available at various locations inside the facility
• All sunbeds/loungers must be sanitized after each guest use
• Ensure cleaning and sanitising of all facilities daily after opening hours
• A clear, colour-coded notification is to be placed on sunbeds/loungers to indicate that the sunbed/lounger is ready to occupy
• Encourage guests to use 'Smart’ payments methods