The U.S. Justice Department will grant the hotel industry at least a 60-day extension for complying with a new rule aimed at making existing hotel pools compliant with the 22-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act.
It’s a decision that the hotel industry lobbied hard for at the 11th hour, as a number of hotel owners and managers suggested they might close their pools or fill in their whirlpools due to the uncertainty the new rules created.
According to Barbara De Lollis of the USA Today, the new ADA will not go into effect until at least May. Hotel operators in particular, complained that new requirements for swimming pool accessibility left more questions than answers. Some hotel operators are earnestly considering permanent closure of pools due to the requirement of special lifts for guests with certain disabilities.