Facing significant pushback, the Justice Department says it will again delay implementation of a new accessibility requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
New standards designed to ensure that existing public swimming pools are accessible for people with disabilities will now take effect Jan. 31.
Initially the rules were supposed to be implemented in March. 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 and to address “concerns and misunderstandings.”
The 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.