Covid-19: Pools and Hot Tubs

Sept 1, 2020
We are happy to announce that our New Minas location is now open to the public.  We are following recommended safety guidelines for mask wearing and sanitization and ask that you do too.
We are still offering curbside pick up if you wish to place your order online or by phone in advance of arrival.
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

June 4, 2020

Dear Holland Home Leisure Customers,

The spring of 2020 is one I am sure most of us will never forget, full of uncertainty, change, new regulations, and countless other impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nova Scotia government has announced the next stage of re-opening the economy, with many places permitted to open on June 5, 2020. I would like to share our plan in that regard.

In March we were quick to act and closed our retail stores. May and June are the two busiest months of the year for us, and with the uncertainty of what would be allowed, and what would be safe, we charted a course and began executing our plan. The primary result of this plan is that throughout May, our team was able to provide what I believe is one of the absolute best curbside pickup models that any business in the country offered. I am very proud of our team, and thankful for how hard they worked. Local deliveries were brought in-house, and we were able to exceed our plan and provided same day delivery on many orders. Water testing started with pictures of test strips, and for the past month, we have been working on a water sample drop-off model. Our team in the lab has done an incredible job keeping up with the volume of water tests.

These changes were significant, and I cannot express how grateful I am for our team’s commitment and hard work, and also for our understanding customers that realize we are doing our best and continue to provide their support. Our updates are as follows:
• The New Minas store will remain closed to the public, with drop off water test services, and curbside pickup. Purchases are made online at .
o For the 2020 pool season, the showroom will be closed to the public.
o In-person water testing we aim to bring back this summer. Date to be determined.
o Walk-up cash transactions we aim to bring back this summer. Date to be determined.
o Curbside pick-up will remain for the 2020 pool season.
• Our Aylesford store will remain closed for the 2020 season. To follow social distancing amongst our service and construction teams, we simply need the space to stay safe.

Thank you for supporting our locally owned business for the past 40 years, and for your understanding. We are making these decisions with the goal of employee safety first, while finding new ways to continue to help you keep your pool and hot tub water safe, while turning orders around as quickly as we possibly can. Enjoy your backyards, we will do our best, and thank you for your support.


Mark Van Zoost
President and CEO




March 20, 2020

Dear Holland Home Leisure Customers,

The world began changing drastically about three months ago, locally these drastic changes began about a week ago. This is requiring all people, households, businesses, and government to make difficult decisions about how to move forward.

Today at 5PM our two retail stores will have closed for the day, and our focus will be on helping our customers through our online store at and on the phone during regular business hours at 902-681-3030. The stores will remain closed to the public for an indefinite period, as the world continues to assess the changing risks, and we will open again. I apologize for the impact this may have, but as a backyard leisure business (compared to an essential service), I feel that this is an appropriate and necessary step.

While the stores are closed, we will still be processing online orders which can be placed at . Please note that our next day delivery will not be available during this time, and we thank you for your patience with us as we implement our new operating model.

For your hot tub water tests and balancing that require our in-house expertise, we will provide an update in the coming days on how we can better assist.

For hot tub service, call us and we would like to try to help you over the phone. Many times, this arrives at a solution.

We will be building backyards this summer, and our sales team remains available to help you start the process, just over the phone or by email is all!

Thank you for supporting our locally owned business for the past 40 years, and for your understanding. These decisions are for the good of us all, and at a very real expense to the business. More information to come over the next week.


Mark Van Zoost

President and CEO

 Covid-19: Pools and Hot Tubs 

With the outbreak of Covid-19, we wanted to share the latest information available from the CDC, as well as some tips regarding pool and hot tub use. 

From the CDC: 

Can the Covid-19 virus be spread through pools and hot tubs? 

There is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (chlorine or bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes Covid-19.” 


Pool and Hot Tub Tips: 

  • Maintain a proper free chlorine OR bromine residual continuously 
  • Pools:          2 – 3 ppm 
  • Hot Tubs:    3 – 5 ppm 
  • Use a reliable test kit to ensure proper levels PRIOR to use and as needed to maintain the proper levels continuously. Check the expiry dates on testing supplies. 
  • The water should also be tested and adjusted as needed to maintain a pH of 7.4-7.6 
  • Periodically, a water test should be taken to a Pool & Hot Tub Professional for confirmation of your results and accurate testing of other water balance measures 
  • Clean exposed hot tub surfaces regularly
  • POOLS: Operate the pump and filter continuously to ensure adequate filtration, circulation and distribution of chlorine or bromine 
  • Don’t swallow pool or hot tub water, take frequent bathroom breaks and practice good hygiene (shower prior to entry) 
  • When using a pool or hot tub, practice safe distancing from other bathers or swimmers. 
  • No person should use a pool or hot tub who is feeling sick in any way or displaying symptoms of the flu or Covid-19