In 2010, the U.S. federal government sought to make public pools, including hotel pools, accessible for people with physical disabilities by installing lifts. Although the deadline was March 15th, the deadline has been delayed (at least 90 days) as a result of strong lobbying by the hotel industry. Pool lifts cost between $3,000 - $6,000 and there are approximately 51,000 hotels in the US, the majority with a pool. Pools are a popular attraction for guests, including those with a disability or those caring for someone with a disability. These guests pay the same rates as guests who don’t have disabilities; they stay at these hotels for the same reasons of vacation or business travel and therefore should have the same access as everyone else. What do you think?
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