New ADA Rule Involving Accessible Swimming Pools Put On Hold

The Justice Department will delay implementation of a new accessibility requirement for swimming pools under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New standards designed to ensure that existing public swimming pools were made accessible for people with disabilities will now take effect January 31, 2013.

Initially the rules were supposed to be implemented in March 2012. But complaints from the hotel industry led to a 60-day extension to allow for public comment on the issue.

In light of the comments received, the Justice Department determined that more time was needed in order to allow pool owners to comply.

The Justice department plans to issue a technical assistance document clarifying the new rules soon.

The changes are part of a 2010 update to the ADA, which marked the first major overhaul of the law since it was enacted more than two decades ago.