Coronavirus: State now says opening a swimming pool an essential service


After several weeks of being told they can’t schedule and get paid for opening residential swimming pools because it wasn’t considered an essential service, pool maintenance companies across New York have been given the green light to start offering the service again.

“Yes, it’s our understanding that they now can start scheduling appointments,” said Dominick Mondi, executive director of the Northeast Spa and Pool Association. Mondi and others in his organization based the recommendation on a written statement from Empire State Development and conversations this week with officials there. The companies, of course, have to follow proper social distancing protocol and sanitizing procedures.

Earlier this month, the majority of the state’s pool maintenance businesses stopped offering pool opening services and in many cases closed their doors for the time being, basing their decision on information given to them by the Northeast Spa and Pool Association and Hot Tub Alliance, the two main trade groups representing the industry in New York.

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