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shutterstock 242808136While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently informed the public that there is no evidence that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmittable in water, the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASAVIC) recommends that both commercial and residential swimming pool and spa owners should maintain proper pool and spa functionality at all times.

Chris Samartzis, CEO of SPASAVIC, advises that “although there is no indication that COVID-19 can be spread to humans by using pools and spas, proper operation, maintenance and disinfection of pools and spas - such as using chlorine and bromine - should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

Swimming pools and spas are required to have balanced water so that pathogens such as e-coli and other known bacteria are killed via the chemical process. The swimming pool and spa industry are leaders in ensuring that the health and wellbeing of the community is always at the forefront of actions taken by industry professionals. Properly sanitised pools and spas ensure a healthy environment for people to swim in”, says Mr Samartzis.

As an additional precaution in light of COVID-19 efforts, SPASAVIC has issued an alert to its members - as well as swimming pool and spa owners - to remind them that regular maintenance is required to preserve the proper chemical balance of pool water and prevent waterborne diseases and illnesses such as the West Nile virus, legionella, cryptosporidium, giardia and other recreational water illnesses.

“It is critical that swimming pools and spas operated by hotels, motels, resorts, water parks, schools and fitness facilities continue to be properly serviced and maintained, especially during times of closure or reduction in staff. The same is true for the weekly servicing of residential pools," SPASAVIC CEO, Chris Samartzis says.

SPASAVIC has strongly advocated to State Government that the swimming pool and spa industry in Victoria offers essential services that are necessary to maintain pool and spa water sanitation, including the maintenance and operation of residential and commercial pools and spas, while adhering to social distancing protocols mandated by the government.

Find a SPASAVIC member for all of your pools and spa needs HERE

Information on Water Transmission and COVID-19 is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

BYGS graphic cancelledAustralia's Prime Minister and State Premiers have announced enhanced measures to limit the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on Australia’s healthcare system, including the closure of entertainment venues.

While restrictions will be reviewed each month, Australians have been advised to expect these measures to last at least six months.

It is with regret that SPASAVIC and IEC Group announce that the Spa & Pool Show 2020 is cancelled. The Summer Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living will go ahead as planned on Friday 5 – Sunday 7 February 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the 2021 Winter Spa & Pool Show will run on Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 July 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The health and wellbeing of our community must come first. We have a duty to others and ourselves to stop the spread of this virus, and for many of us that means limiting physical contact and delaying events. The 2020 February Show was a great success and we look forward to welcoming our partners and exhibitors to move their bookings to our next Show in Feb 2021” said Chris Samartzis, CEO of SPASAVIC.

Read the Media Release 'Cancellation of the SPASAVIC Spa & Pool Show 8 – 9 August 2020' HERE

2020 Spa Pool Show Logo cancelledAustralia's Prime Minister and State Premiers have announced enhanced measures to limit the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on Australia’s healthcare system, including the closure of entertainment venues.

While restrictions will be reviewed each month, Australians have been advised to expect these measures to last at least six months.

It is with regret that SPASAVIC and IEC Group announce that the Spa & Pool Show 2020 is cancelled. The Summer Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living will go ahead as planned on Friday 5 – Sunday 7 February 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the 2021 Winter Spa & Pool Show will run on Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 July 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The health and wellbeing of our community must come first. We have a duty to others and ourselves to stop the spread of this virus, and for many of us that means limiting physical contact and delaying events. The 2020 February Show was a great success and we look forward to welcoming our partners and exhibitors to move their bookings to our next Show in Feb 2021” said Chris Samartzis, CEO of SPASAVIC.

See the Media Release 'Cancellation of the SPASAVIC Spa & Pool Show 8 – 9 August 2020' HERE

CV infographic1SPASA Victoria has advocated that the pool and  spa industry is an essential service that is delivering important health benefits to the community and reinforces that all of industry is playing its part in the control and prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

  • Pool and spa businesses are an essential service that manage the service, maintenance and construction of swimming pools and spas, to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and maintain community health
  • Pool and spa businesses are essential to public safety as we undertake safety assessments to keep children and the public protected in a compliant pool and spa environment
  • Pool and spa businesses are viewed as professional, responsible and trusted to work unsupervised in backyards. We adhere to Government requirements, such as social distancing, strict hygienic processes and contact-free construction, retail and service

SPASAVIC encourages members and stakeholders to complete and forward the Advocacy Letter to your local members, to ensure our industry remains at the forefront of decision-makers minds to protect the community.

Government resources for businesses

The Australian Federal Government and State and Territory Governments are providing information and support for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including information on business restrictions. Please see the links below for relevant Federal, State and Territory information:

Federal Government: Business Support Packages 
Fair Work Ombudsman: Coronavirus & Australian workplace laws
New South Wales:    Business & Employees and NSW Department of Health
Victoria:     Coronavirus Business Support and Dept. Health and Human Services 
Queensland: Novel coronavirus small business support and QLD Department of Health
South Australia: COVID-19 business information and support and SA Department of Health
Tasmania: COVID-19 Government info for businesses and Tas Department of Health
Western Australia:  Dealing with Coronavirus and WA Department of Health
Northern Territory:   Coronavirus (Covid-19) hosted by NT Department of Health
Australian Capital Territory: COVID-19 Economic Survival Package
Other Essential Information: Visit https://www.australia.gov.au.  This site will link you to the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government Agencies.


Clarification of current measures and new measures

The National Cabinet has confirmed and clarified advice regarding the requirements of previously announced measures, in particular those related to non-essential gatherings and outdoor gatherings.  A full list can be found here.

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Water Chemistry with SPASAVIC logoSPASAVIC continues to receive queries regarding the safety of swimming pools and whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through swimming pool water.

Chris Samartzis, SPASAVIC CEO advises that “Australian Standard AS 3633-1989: Private swimming pools water quality provides clear direction for the sanitisation of water. Products that contribute to the sanitisation of water are regulated through the APVMA and adhere to world best practice.

Swimming Pools and Spas are required to have balanced water so that pathogens such as e-coli and other known bacteria are killed via the chemical process. The swimming pool and spa industry are leaders in ensuring that the health and wellbeing of the community is always at the forefront of actions taken by industry professionals. Properly sanitised pools and spas are a healthy environment for people to swim in”, said Mr Samartzis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that there is no evidence this virus can survive in a properly chlorinated and filtered pool. “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (eg with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html)

Large aquatic centres have had to cease operations due to social gathering guidelines which are prohibited under stage 2 bans as a result of the Federal Government’s restrictions on social gatherings.

SPASAVIC advises anyone who is not feeling well - or is concerned about potential infection - to practice the recommended social distancing guidelines from Government Department of Health and seek assistance from your health professional.

5 37 South Pools Toorak ProjectHow relaxing are vacations away anyway?

When you own a backyard swimming pool or spa, you can create your own backyard paradise that meets all the requirements of a fun and relaxing vacation. Here’s a list of reasons why a poolside ‘staycation’ can be better than a vacation:

No time spent planning, booking, packing or travelling
We’re all busy and we all have a lot on our plates. The time spent researching vacation destinations, finding hotels or resorts that suit the whole family and trying to fit it into everyone’s hectic schedule can be stressful. Time spent searching for the cheapest flight or planning out your road trip can be better spent relaxing by your pool with a book and glass of wine in hand. Better still, a staycation allows more time to be spent on the important things in life, like quality time with your family. The only things you need to ‘pack’ are sunscreen and sunglasses!

A staycation is peaceful and relaxing
Imagine a staycation where you can relax on a banana lounge poolside with soft, enjoyable music, a chilled cocktail and a good book, along with fresh outdoor air and the beautiful vision of the glistening backyard pool you designed and built. On a vacation, sure you can relax poolside, but you’ll likely have to fight for a space in the water and put up with the sounds of screaming children, or teenagers playing loud music!

Entertainment can come to you
If you prefer to have a more entertaining Easter, a poolside staycation can still be the way to go. Invite friends and family over for pool parties, host a poolside cocktail party or BBQ, install a waterslide or diving board (if your pool is deep enough), set up a water volleyball net or treat the kids to some new pool toys. You’ll be surprised just how entertaining a staycation can be.

It’s More Affordable
Installing a backyard swimming pool or spa is an expense, but it’s also an investment that will pay dividends in the long run. Enjoying poolside staycations makes serious financial sense and will actually save you thousands of dollars each year!

You Can Make It Your Own
One of the wonderful things about buying a backyard pool or spa is that you can make your backyard space uniquely your own. If you like vacations to tropical locations, you can turn your pool area into a tropical paradise with landscaping, flowering plants, decorations, tiki torches, a cabana and hammocks. When you spend your day relaxing by your pool, you’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean or Fiji–but without the fuss and expense of having to travel there!

It’s Better for the Environment 
Managing our environmental impact is a big issue these days. Everybody is trying to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint and impact. Air travel is one of the worst offenders of pollution, whereas a staycation has virtually no additional environmental impact.

It’s A Lifestyle Benefit
Investing in your home to create the perfect staycation location can also have long-lasting benefits to your property and lifestyle outside of vacation time. Poolside holidays are a popular choice with the time spent swimming and relaxing in the water being beneficial both physically and mentally.

Take a relaxing dip in your spa or hot tub
If you’re fortunate enough to own either a spa or hut tub, you can get the same relaxing benefits as from any resort or holiday facility. The feeling of relaxation and the ability to meditate in the warm bubbly water can do wonders for your mind and body. The benefits of soaking in a spa or hot tub include lowering your blood pressure, improving your focus and calming your mind through having time to sit still and meditate. And the best thing about it is that you can do it all in your very own backyard.

Enjoy a stress-free staycation this Easter!

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