3 July 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed a timetable for the reopening of swimming pools will be announced this week.
Shirley Pool has welcomed the news but urged the details be revealed as soon as possible due to the length of time it takes the pool to prepare for opening doors again.
In a televised press conference, Mr Johnson said: “Swimming pools are still closed and I want those restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible – of course I do.
“We have established task forces to work rapidly and closely with those sectors that remain closed to explore how they can be Covid-secure.
“I’m pleased to report that good progress is being made.
“Next week, we will set out a timetable for their reopening. Of course I can only lift those national restrictions as and when it is safe to do so.
Earlier this week, Government and public health officials visited four swimming pools – both indoor and outdoor – to see how facilities are able to operate safely.
One of the UK governing bodies of swimming, Swim England said, “It seems ludicrous that, from 10 July, you can fly abroad to some European countries to swim and return to England without having to quarantine, yet you can’t visit your local pool.
“We’ve worked closely with the Government, Public Health England and medical professionals to create our robust Returning to the Pool guidance, which proves how swimming pools can be safely used.
Luke Perry, Shirley Pool manager said ” We were flat out working towards July 4th and they pulled the rug.
“We know things will be very different to what they used to be but I know our swimmers will adapt to the circumstances.