News from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
ADA DEADLINE APPROACHING: JANUARY 31
The deadline for pool and spa accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is just three weeks away, and AH&LA is urging members to review their properties for compliance.
AH&LA was able to secure a one-year extension for compliance to January 31. According to current Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines, all existing pools and spas at lodging facilities must do the following if it is “readily achievable”:
• Provide at least one means of entry (pool lift or sloped entry) as long as it is readily achievable. Pools with 300 linear feet or more of wall must have a pool lift or entry, and one additional means of entry which can be one of the following: pool lift; sloped entry; transfer system; transfer wall; or pool stairs.
• Have the pool lift out in position and ready for use all hours the pool is open.
• Each body of water (e.g. pools, spas) must have a separate means of entry (there are special rules for clusters of spas).
• Pool lifts must be attached to the pool deck or apron in some manner unless it is not readily achievable to affix them.
• If a pool is not opened to the public on January 31, access is not required until the pool is opened.
An analysis of the DOJ guidelines is available to AH&LA members by clicking here.