Swimming Pools, Recreational Waters

Executive Order No. 2020-17

In order to provide South Carolinians with ongoing and current information regarding the operation of Public Swimming Pools and Spa in the state of South Carolina the Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is notifying you that with the execution of Executive Order No. 2020-17 by the Governor Henry McMaster: All Public Swimming Pools and Spas in the state of SC must be Closed by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm. 
Please see a link to Executive Order No. 2020-17.

This order is a proactive action to prepare and respond to the ongoing and evolving public health threat posed by COVID-19. This measure is geared to closes public venue where transmission of the virus can occur by either person to person contact or contact with surfaces (doors, gates, lawn chairs, drinking water fountains, etc.). 

The Department does require that by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm all public swimming pool and spas must be closed a sign posted stating "No Swimming" or "Pool Closed" on the affected pool or pool enclosure, and that the pool area must be locked to patron access. Please see below the applicable portion of Regulation 61-51:

Regulation 61-51. Section K. Item 1. Subsection c. 
(c) In every case of pool closure, one or more “No Swimming” signs shall be posted conspicuously around or inside the affected pool enclosure. The owner or designated agent shall require all swimmers to leave the pool water.  When closed by the owner at Department request, the swimming pool may be reopened after the noted deficiencies have been corrected, unless Department reinspection is required.  When the owner fails to comply with the Department’s request for closure, the Department will post “No Swimming” signs and the facility may not reopen until a satisfactory Department reinspection occurs.

Regulation 61-51. Section J. Item 11. Subsection b. 
(b) Type “A” and “E” pools must be locked when not under lifeguard supervision. All pools must be locked when the pool area is not open for patrons.

The Department does suggest that pools be maintained through the closure so that they do not develop as vector for the growth and spread of mosquitoes and does suggest that you speak with your pool operator of record about options to do so. If you would like to discuss options for maintaining the pool through the closures Department staff are happy to discuss. I thank you all for your time and attention to this matter.





  • Luke Abel, Recreational Waters Program Coordinator, (803) 898-4255


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