As we reported previously, new ADA accessibility construction standards and reservation requirements took effect last week on Thursday, March 15, 2012. One of the primary issues of concern with these new regulations is the requirement for all swimming pools, wading pools and spas to have an accessible means of entry and exit. Due to confusion and misunderstanding regarding these specific requirements, the Department of Justice adopted a Rule extending the compliance date for the pool lift requirements to May 15, 2012. At the same time, the Department of Justice also published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making concerning a possible six-month extension of the pool lift requirements to allow more time for the lodging industry to clear up its confusion and misconceptions regarding these requirements. Despite the extension, lodging establishments should continue moving forward with complying with the new pool lift requirements, but can take comfort in knowing that they have a bit more time to complete the required work.
It is important to note that all other requirements scheduled to take effect on March 15, 2012 are unaffected by the extension of the compliance date for pool lift requirements. If you have specific questions about how these new requirements apply to your place of lodging please contact Rosemary O’Shea or me for additional information.