Starting March 15, 2012, all public swimming pools in the U.S. must be equipped with assisted entry systems. When this American Disability Association (ADA) compliance law takes effect next March, disabled Americans around the nation will be able to enjoy the health and leisure benefits of public pools. As part of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, regulations of the Accessible Design for Recreational Facilities will require all public pools and spas to be outfitted with an ADA compliant swimming pool lift or sloped entry.
Hotels are required to comply with the new ADA pool lift regulation as they are places of public accommodation and not considered housing since they are rented out for short terms.
Lifts are required in places of "Public Accomodation". This includes, but not limited to, the following:
- Motels, Hotels & Resorts
- Places of Education
- Places of Entertainmnet & Recreation
- Many HOA/Community Pools
- Places of Gathering