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‘Pool-mageddon’ Delayed, Feds Grant Reprieve for ADA Compliance

ADA retrofit edict goes off deep end

The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay for hundreds of thousands of public pools that had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.

Pool LiftPresident Obama in 2010 dramatically expanded the rules for access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the new regulations mean that every publicly accessible pool - from municipal facilities to hotels - must have two "accessible means of entry," at least one of which must be a ramp or wheelchair lift. Spas must also have either a lift or a transfer system to help the disabled enter them, under the new rules.Under the law, noncompliant facilities can be sued - and some lawmakers feared a bonanza for lawyers eager to capitalize.

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