DOJ delays new pool regulations

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In response to criticism from business groups and hotel owners, the Department of Justice announced May 18 that it will delay new accessibility standards for public pools.

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DOJ delays

The new standards, which require hotels to install lifts to assist people with disabilities to enter their pools, will be delayed until January 31, 2013.

The standards were originally supposed to go into effect March 15, along with the other aspects of the 2010 updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design.

However, the rules were delayed for 60 days after the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the hotel industry’s main lobbying organization, sent a letter to the DOJ, arguing that they thought the lifts only had to be temporary, instead of permanent.

Some hotels said they would close their pools rather than pay for the lifts, which cost between $3,000 and $6,000.

Along with delaying the rules, the DOJ will release a new technical assistance document to assist hotel owners with the document.