Coronavirus: New swimming guidance reveals what you can and can’t do when pools reopen
Swimming pools in the UK still need to be reopened after they were closed during the Corona virus closure. (PA)
The swimmers in England were told what to do and what not to do when the pools are reopened when the Corona virus lock continues to wear off.
The facility had to be closed alongside gyms and other public areas in March as strict measures were put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The government does not plan to reopen recreational facilities such as swimming pools until July 4, at the earliest, as a top scientist warned that if there is no second surge in coronavirus, it will be "very surprising".
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However, Swim England, the national governing body for swimming, has issued a number of guidelines to prepare for the reopening of the pools.
Swimmers have been warned that they will have to get used to a “new normal” when they return to the water.
What swimmers should do
Pools are encouraged to only offer sessions that can be pre-booked and to use pool disposable systems to keep swimmers apart.
Swim England recommends that you travel with a swim suit under your clothes and take a shower at home to spend less time in changing rooms.
Swimmers should take a shower before leaving the house and when they come back from the pool.
Once they're done swimming, users should leave the venue as soon as possible.
Swimmers should take hand sanitizers to the pool, Swim England said, but they should also use the venue's hand sanitizer and wash stations, if available.
Before pushing off at every curve in the pool, swimmers should check to see if anyone is approaching faster.
Swimmers should stay hydrated by bringing their own pre-filled water bottle to the pool.
What swimmers should NOT do
Swimmers have been told not to go into the pool if they show COVID-19 symptoms such as high temperatures, coughing, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell.
In the pool, users should not make physical contact with other swimmers.
Swimmers are instructed not to use strokes like the butterfly at peak times in the pool. (PA)
People are asked to avoid large lines like the butterfly at peak times.
They were also instructed not to overtake other pool users to maintain social distance in the water.
What did Swim England say?
Jane Nickerson, CEO of Swim England, said: “When pools are reopened, things will not go as usual and we know things have to be different.
"However, if we want to do our part to protect the NHS from another wave of COVID-19 recordings, it is important that we follow the latest guidelines and adapt to the new normal."
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When will the swimming pools be opened again?
The pools will reopen on July 4 at the earliest, but Swim England said some facilities may not be ready if government-approved.
Nickerson said: "Although the guide contains important information about facility reopening, it unfortunately does not include the deadline for pools to open.
"We will continue to work with the government for a reopening appointment, but ultimately we have to be guided by them in this regard."
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