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Pools, bathhouses and hotels will be inspected

THE local sanitation watchdog said yesterday that it will start inspecting swimming pools, bathhouses over 400 square meters and unrated hotels over 350 square meters late this month to rate their cleanliness.

The results of the inspections will be revealed in the media and those with excellent performance will have a sign depicting a smiling face installed on their premises. Good performance will have signs showing an indifferent face.

The hotels will be inspected from April 25 to September 15, swimming pools, from June 15 to August 15; and bathhouses, November 1 to December 10. The signs will be installed after the inspections, which will cover 5,000 to 6,000 facilities.

The inspections include a checklist of 30 items.

Venues that score 90 marks or above out of 100 will given an A rating and get a smiling face sign. Those scoring 70 to 89 will be rated B and given an indifferent face. Scoring 60 to 69 rate a C but they will not be given signs this year. Those who score less than 60 will be unrated.

The sanitation will be reevaluated every year and next year's inspections will be based on this year's ratings.

The A-standard venues, considered a low hygiene risk, will be inspected once next year. B-standard venues will be inspected twice and C-standard venues, three times. Those that don't make the grade, considered high hygiene risks, will be inspected four times next year.

"The main targets of the inspections are those with close relationship with the public and may have hygiene problems. That's why star-rated hotels, which usually have good hygiene awareness, are not covered by the inspections," said Zheng Chaojun, from the Shanghai Health Supervision Agency.

The city will not install unhappy face signs this year.

"We want to give chance to those rated C and unqualified to make improvements," Zheng said. "The bitter face tag will be installed in the future."


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