Friday, March 16, 2012

Hotel Handicap Pool-Lift Deadline Extended

The Justice Department yesterday allowed a 60-day extension for the requirement that hotels install permanent handicap-access pool lifts on all swimming pools. [See my post here last Tuesday for the full story].

Now the requirement is that the installations be done by May 15, with a possibility for further extensions. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, there are more than 51,000 hotels, motels and other commercial lodging places in the U.S. Most of them have pools.

The Justice Department will publish another official notice on the extension, with a comment period that could lead to a further six month grace period. The rule about pools is based on requirements for full handicap access under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The hotel trade association has been lobbying Congress and the cable news media for the extension. (The group is very weak on print media, which makes no sense, PR-wise)


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