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Swimming pools, saunas and spas

Resources and guidance for developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your commercial swimming pool, spa pool, sauna or steam room.

Be COVID Safe. Stay in business.

Ocean pools and baths

NSW Health categorises ocean pools as a ‘natural swimming pool’ rather than a ‘public swimming pool’ under the Public Health Regulation 2012.

As such, the Public Health Order requirements do not apply to ocean pools. However, NSW Health would expect that users respect physical distancing and the 4 square metre rule.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Activity at a swimming pool Maximum capacity summary
Attendance Ensure the number of people at a swimming pool facility does not exceed one person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff).
Classes A maximum of 20 participants, plus the instructor and any assistants, may attend a swimming or aquatic exercise class in a space that complies with one participant per 4 square metres.


COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all swimming pools, saunas and spas must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Businesses should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for your commercial swimming pool, spa pool, sauna or steam room
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as a COVID Safe business

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as a COVID Safe business

Last updated: 2 October 2020

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