Open Swimming Pools to Improve our Physical & Mental Health.

Open Swimming Pools to Improve our Physical & Mental Health.

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Brooke Yungmann started this petition to Commissioner for Minnesota Department of Health Jan Malcolm

Save our Summer before it’s too late! Allow for residential pools that meet CDC guidelines to re-open immediately! 

We, the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota demand that residential pools that meet CDC guidelines re-open immediately. The weather is getting warmer and as Minneapolis residents, we all know that time is crucial for us to be able to enjoy our pool amenities that we pay a premium price for. Since March 16, all apartment amenities including, but not limited to fitness centers, community rooms, office spaces, and pools and spas have been closed to all residents. The desires of living in apartment complexes are the amazing amenities the building has to offer. Residents living in apartment complexes in Minneapolis, Minnesota are paying a premium price for our amenities each month paying up to 30-40% just for these amenities as included in our monthly rent. We have been paying for and continue to pay for these amenities each month that are not available to us and will not be refunded. 

As science clearly demonstrates, chlorine does in fact kill the Corona-virus and helps prevent the spread. On the CDC website it clearly states, “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html


The decision to reopen residential pools should be in the hands of the individual apartment complexes themselves. Residential pools that meet the CDC guidelines as stated in the Minnesota Department of Health should be open to residents immediately. Just as swimming pools used for youth sports and recreational activities as described in Executive Order 20-63 may operate, the opening of residential pools to operate should be included in this executive order as well. 

We offer the idea of allowing residents that reside within the apartment buildings to sign a waiver before entering the pool. Let the waiver remove all risk on your behalf and that each individual ensues all the risk if we choose to enter the pool ourselves. Residential buildings already maintain protocols for proper re-circulation and disinfection of pools that align with the CDC guidelines. As well as have regular maintenance that ensure the pool and surrounding pool areas are properly cleaned and disinfected daily. 


We do understand that we need to take safety precautions seriously and enforce proper social distances guidelines to re-open our pools. Residential pools in apartment complexes and buildings are very different from recreational, public swimming pools. However, when it comes to re-opening of swimming pools and facilities, the two are being grouped together and severely impacting the re-opening of our residential pool amenities. We urge you and our public health officials that are making decisions about the reopening of pools to really be mindful of looking at the difference between all of these facilities. If the residential facility can show they can reopen safely and responsibly following CDC guidelines, then they should have the opportunity to do so. 

We appreciate everything our government and the department of health are doing to keep us Minnesotans safe. However, we strongly believe that the reopening of our residential pools is in the best interest of our mental and physical health and will ultimately allow us to be happier and healthier. We urge you to reconsider and lift the restrictions on the closing of residential pools immediately. Our mental and physical health depends on it. 

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