Why are pools not eligible?
PishumFresquet-PGO Posts: 4 ✭✭
In the past AMA it is said that only pools with historical context (that an Olympic athlete has swum) or university pools are eligible. And the municipal swimming pools? It is a place to play sports, socialize ... I do not know how municipal swimming pools cannot be eligible, while soccer fields, basketball ... Yes they are eligible. Thank you
Liability. Niantic's lawyers and insurance providers do not want them leading gamers to pools that don't have lifeguards, and do have "keep out" signs, or "for residents only".
Swimming pools have MANY laws governing them. Not only could someone drown - someone could leave the gate open, and the pool owners would be fined for violating code - and they'd pass that fine along to Niantic.
Public pools have lifeguards and staff to watch over visitors. The liability goes to the city or county.
Historic pools: the thought is you just go there to look at it, and read the plaque - not to swim in it.
I believe the AMA says municipal swimming pools ARE eligible, it is the residentially focused swimming pools or hotel pools that are not.