'With a view to protecting and ensuring the health of bathers in swimming pools and public health in general, the need to faithfully comply with the provisions of the legislation in force concerning the construction requirements and operating conditions of swimming pools, as well as to monitor their efficient and safe operation, by intensifying health checks in the country's public swimming pools, is highlighted.
It is recalled that public swimming pools meet all the conditions of construction requirements for safe operation purposes
(construction materials, general space layout, inflow and outflow orifices, overflow grooves, lighting, ventilation, recirculation system, water disinfection, etc.) of (a) relative.Especially:
- The water quality of the swimming pools shall comply with the provisions of Article 15 of the (a) relevant
- The water of the swimming pools is constantly renewed throughout their operation, at a rate that ensures its complete renewal in a time of not more than 4 hours and in special cases of 6 hours. Renewal must be achieved either by continuous flow of new clean water or by recirculation of tank water after prior cleaning and disinfection. The water recirculation-cleaning-disinfection system will operate at all times of use of the tanks and beyond for as long as it is necessary to ensure clear and microbiologically suitable water.
- Disinfection is mandatory in all cases of operation of swimming pools as expressly required by Article 18 of (a) concerned.
- The measurement of chlorine residue in the water of the swimming pools will be chromatographically performed using the DPD method (Diethylparaphenyldiamine). The concentration of residual chlorine will be between 0.4 and 0.7 mg/l .
- Wastewater shall be disposed of in accordance with applicable health and environmental provisions.
Following the above and with a view to formulating a comprehensive picture of the monitoring of the efficient and safe operation of swimming pools,the representative of the accommodation has been declared to be carrying out the procedure concerning the corresponding health and sampling checks in the swimming pools of its responsibility with frequency according to the law on the treatment of coronavirus. This circular together with the attached tables can be found on the route: https://www.moh.gov.gr/articles/health/dieythynsh-dhmosias-ygieinhs/ygieinh- periballontos/prostasia-poiothtas-ydatwn/poiothta-neroy-kolymbhtikwn-deksamenwn
Proper disinfection of swimming pools is extremely necessary for vulnerable groups in particular, and to avoid transmission through the faecal oral tract Chlorination: proper operation and maintenance of chlorination systems in accordance with the legislation in force (see HR C1/443/1973 as amended by C4/1150/76 and DYG2/80825/05 and circular on "Prevention of Legionnaires' disease"). According to WHO guidelines for safe recreational water environments ( Volume 2 - Swimming pools and similar environments), the value of residual chlorine in tank water shall be 1-3 mg/L for swimming pools and up to 5 mg/L for water tanks. Manual control (or use of halogen analyser with paper recorder) of chlorine levels shall be carried out every 4 hours for bathing tanks and every hour for the hydromalacting tanks and a log keeping, unless there is an automatic halogen analyser and a monitoring system with a notification system when the parameter values are out of bounds.
PH adjustment: pH values in recreational water installations are kept within the limits laid down by the legislation in force (see HR C1/443/1973 as amended by C4/1150/76 and DYG2/80825/05). Regular pH records shall be recorded every eight hours during the operation of the swimming pools in the absence of an automatic recording system.
Cleaning and disinfection: compliance with rules for the cleaning of recreational water facilities, regular cleaning and disinfection in accordance with the ESA Directives "Recommended procedures for cleaning and disinfecting hospitality facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic".
Number of bathers: it is maintained that the maximum total number of inbounds in the tank at any time is not greater than one bathper per 5 m2 of water surface.
Distance keeping: the layout of the seats (sun beds, chairs, pof, sezlong, etc.) is such that the distance between the farthest points of the seats of two persons located in two different umbrellas or two persons staying in a different room, is at least 2 meters in each direction.
There are no decorative fountains.