February 22, 2018

Board of Health closes hotel pool and spa

Board of Health closes hotel pool and spa

The Clermont County Board of Health has closed the pool and spa at the Ameristay Inn and Suites at 2188 Winemiller Road in Batavia. The decision was made at the February 14 monthly Board of Health meeting. The decision to revoke the license and close the pool was based on a pattern of code violations, and the failure by the hotel staff to comply with the Ohio Public Swimming Pool, Spa and Special Use Pool rules and regulations.

“We have been working with the operator of the pool and hotel, Mr. Raaj Patel since October to bring the pool into compliance with ongoing unresolved and continued violations,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “Unfortunately, Mr. Patel’s continued failure to comply with Ohio law regarding public swimming pools has forced us to close the pool to prevent anyone from getting sick or injured.”

“The hotel does not currently have any staff members that are familiar with the basic operations of a public swimming pool and spa,” said Nesbit. “Until Mr. Patel, can show that the pool and spa can be properly maintained with correct water chemistry, the pool will remain closed”. The spa was already closed due to mechanical issues.

All public swimming pools and spas in Ohio are required to be licensed by their local health department, and provide a daily log showing that the water chemistry of the pool is maintained within proper levels by a knowledgeable staff person.

Clermont County Public Health inspects 162 public swimming pools located in the county, and all inspection reports can be found here.

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