The public should be allowed to go swimming, it's extremely safe due to the changing facilities where people are already segregated in separate cubicles. Social distancing can be adhered to within and on entering and leaving the building. There could be more LANES in the pool as well to cater for various abilities. The pool itself is full of chlorine which kills the virus.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG), a not-for-profit group dedicated to raising pool water quality, consulted with Public Health England (PHE) on swimming safety during the corona-virus outbreak.

According to the organisation, it is “generally safe” to go swimming at the moment.

A spokesman for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.”

Why the contribution is important

To boost physical and mental health especially during the summer months.

by codenamev on May 05, 2020 at 05:34PM

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  • Posted by Louisasneezer May 05, 2020 at 18:14

    I agree - proper swimming baths - both heat and chemically treated should pose little risk as long as precautions are taken (ie only so many people in at once and more lanes to limit contact) and hygiene is adhered to.
  • Posted by lindyloo May 05, 2020 at 18:15

    Swimming pools could easily be open. Pools could run timetables for different age groups and have an hour of so space between each groups to then clean the changing areas and toilets before letting the next group in and limit the total amount of people in each session. We need to start letting people get on with their life. Treat us like adults and if we want to take a "risk" by going swimming then let us and if we want to sit at home for forever and a day well no one is forcing you to go out.
  • Posted by Bethan May 05, 2020 at 22:03

    Exactly,surely this is the point of chlorinating swimming pools.Numbers allowed in could be restricted,social distancing carried out in changing rooms.It would be possible to eg give a person something to put on a changing room door,no one else to use it while it is there,they use same changing room on way out and then it is cleaned by staff.Risk overall if numbers in pool are restricted should be very small.
  • Posted by Karen50 May 06, 2020 at 14:53

    I usually swim for an hour 3 times a week, this is my way of keeping fit both physically and mentally. It helps me sleep better and relives stress and anxiety. To say I am missing this terribly is an understatement. I feel there is nothing to look forward to. I’ve had 2 holidays cancelled so far and it looks like my summer break to visit family is likely to be cancelled to. I live alone and have had no contract with anyone since lockdown. Being able to swim again would make a massive difference and give me something to look forward to and enjoy . Chlorine kills the virus so I’m sure pools can reopen with some changes implemented to make the changing areas safer. Perhaps people could keep their own locker keys and store flip flops to be worn about the pool only and then stored in their lockers until the next visit .
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