Massachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½, commonly referred to as Christian’s Law, was enacted on July 12, 2012 and went into effect on October 16, 2012.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Department) is working to develop regulations for presentation to the Public Health Council to implement requirements in the law to have a system in place for having Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) available to non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers at municipal and recreational programs and camps. Some provisions of the law however, are in full effect and therefore mandatory this summer (2013) for all municipal and recreational programs and licensed camps. The Department has issued a guidance document, a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document, and two (2) swim test course descriptions to assist in compliance with important aspects of Christian’s Law.


This information is provided by the Community Sanitation ProgramCommunity Sanitation ProgramCom within the Department of Public Health.