The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on a proposal from the Board of Supervisors that would change the existing rules about food and drink within certain distances of public pools.
The item is expected to come forward at next month’s public hearing.
The Loudoun County Public Health Ordinance prohibits beverages within 10 feet of a swimming pool edge. The change would allow food in a designated area within five feet of a pool edge, still behind a fence or barrier. Glass containers would still not be permitted in the pool area, but beverages in non-breakable/non-shatter containers would be permitted up to the pool’s edge.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) brought forward the proposed change after hearing from tourism industry representatives that the existing restrictions put Loudoun at “a competitive disadvantage” when compared with surrounding jurisdictions.
“The new language would be more business friendly while still protecting the public health,” Buona said.
If approved, the new language would apply to all public pools, including those run by homeowner’s associations, but would have no impact on private residential pools. The lowered restrictions would not be mandated and pool managers could still require food and beverages be consumed further away from the pool’s edge.
The board is looking to take final action on the new regulations in time for this summer’s swimming season.