May 24, 2012
ADA Rule Stopped
Justice Department representatives will end a new regulation guideline regarding public swimming pools. This was originally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA). These new guidelines are going to be effective January 31, 2012. These guidelines were due to be started in March.
Since these allegations surfaced, the Department stated it wanted more notice to address concerns and misunderstandings. This resulted in a 60 day continuance to address the concern further. Public remarks will also be considered in the swimming pool topic.
These new guidelines coincide with an update in 2010. This signifies the first major restructuring of the ADA since it’s inception 20 years ago. These new rules will not only create more accessibility in swimming pool areas but also in other areas as well such as parks.
These new swimming guidelines state that any swimming pool with less than 300 ft of space must provide accessible entry. Department representatives are also highlighting a new document entitled: “ADA Updates: A Primer for Small Businesses”. This document can be read on the department’s website on May 25, 2012.