Swimmers will be able dive back into pools from tomorrow [11 July] as the government eases lockdown restrictions on the sporting world.
Outdoor swimming pools in England are allowed to welcome back customers from Saturday July 11, while indoor swimming pools can open again from July 25.
There are 5,000 public swimming pools in England but experts fear the closures caused by the pandemic could result in as many as 500 being shut for good.
“When pools reopen, it will not be a case of ‘business as usual’ and we know that things will have to be different,” warned Jane Nickerson, chief executive of Swim England.
“But if we are to play our part in protecting the NHS from another wave of
Covid-19 admissions, it is important we follow the latest guidance and adjust to the new normal.”
Lifting lockdown rules is a devolved issue so swimmers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to hold off a bit longer to find out when their local pool will reopen.
The government is set to release finer details on the rules that swimmers will have to follow when in the pool.
But Swim England has already outlined the measures businesses and customers will have to take when they reopen, including wider lanes and limiting the number of customers in the pool at the same time.
Source: The Sun
Original publication 10 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 17th July 2020
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