Campgrounds, Youth Camps, Resident Camps & Public Swimming Pools

  • Campgrounds, Recreational Camps, Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks commenced revised operations May 21

  • Swimming Pools whether public or private reopened May 26

  • Resident Camps and Youth Day Camps can reopen anytime as announced on June 4, 2020

Applicable Orders

The Ohio Department of Health Director issued a Director's Second Order to Extend the Expiration Date of Various Orders.  This Order effective July 6, 2020 states that the Director "ordered that the expiration date of various Director of Health Orders be extended as set forth in this order. The Order shall remain in full force and effect until the earlier of the state of Emergency declared by the governor no longer exists, or the Director of the Ohio Department of Health rescinds or modifies this order". 

Furthermore, the Order states "the sector specific requirements and guidelines in the Order may be amended and posted at and are then to be considered incorporated by reference as if fully rewritten into the order, when ordered by the Director of Health".

Specific attention should be given to the following sections for the prevention and spread of contagious and infectious diseases and to prevent the spread of COVID-19:  

On June 7, 2020, Ohio Department of Health issued Director's Order Updating and Revising Requirements and Guidance for Youth Day Camps and Residential Camps, with Exceptions

Guidance for Campgrounds, Recreational Camps, Recreational Vehicle (RV) Park Information

BMPs Camping

Businesses and operations shall continue to comply with all aspects of the order, including, at a minimum,  mandatory and recommended best practices :

 Guidance for Pools, Spas, and Special Use Pools

05.26 Pools BMP


According to CDC's information concerning Water and COVID-19 FAQs, 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.  

While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19 of the virus that causes COVID-19, it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety:

  • Everyone should follow local and state guidance that may determine when and how recreational water facilities may operate.
  • Individuals should continue to protect themselves and others at recreational water venues both in and out of the water – for example, by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.
  • In addition to ensuring water safety and quality, owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, spas, and water play areas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers for cleaning and disinfecting their community facilities.

Interim Public Pool, Spa and Special Use Pool Information

Additional Pool Resources

During these uncertain times of COVID-19 responses and discussions whether opening public swimming venues will open, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (formerly the National Swimming Pool Foundation) provide information about COVID-19 and aquatic venues: