09/09/2020

Swim England believes swimming pools should not be impacted by the new guidance on groups of no more than six people meeting – but is seeking further clarification.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that changes will come into force on Monday 14 September to prevent larger groups from mixing indoors or outdoors.

However, team sports are exempt from the rules providing they are carried out in Covid-secure environments and the necessary guidance published by national governing bodies has has been reviewed by the Government.

Mr Johnson said in his speech that ‘Covid-secure venues like places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality venues can still hold more than six people in total – but groups must not mix socially or form larger groups’.

Swim England has published detailed guidance for the safe use of swimming pools which has been used by facilities across the country.

While the recognised national governing body doesn’t believe this latest statement will prevent club activity or swimming lessons from taking place, it is seeking confirmation of the exact details.

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A Swim England spokesperson said: “Pools are extremely well-managed spaces where we can create safe environments.

“Operators and facility owners have been following Swim England guidance developed in conjunction with Public Health England and medical professionals.

“As aquatic activity has been operating under a Government-accepted Covid-secure framework, we believe that swimming pools will be unaffected.

“It is essential for the health and wellbeing of the nation and the future viability of leisure facilities and aquatic clubs up and down the country that this is case.

“We are seeking further clarity on the Prime Minister’s statement and will issue a further update in due course.”

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