On May 7, 2020, the Ector County Health Department announce they would not allow swimming pools in apartment complexes and hotels to open over the summer, but a little over a week later they have reversed that decision.

According to NewsWest 9, the health department now says semi-public pools in Ector County will be allowed to open this summer, but only if proper health and safety precautions are implemented.

Visitors to the pool will have to be able to have access to hand sanitizer, plus deck and lounge layouts will have to change to allow social distancing practices.

Signs will have to be posted around the pool area with information on COVID-19 symptoms and when to stay home as well as the safety precautions each visitor to the pool must take.

The ECHD will discourage the use of shared objects like floaties, pool noodles, and lounge chairs but if they are used they will need to be disinfected each time they are touched.

Pool drinking fountains will not be allowed to be used this summer.