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Joburg public swimming pools to re-open for clubs only for now

by ZwemZa on September 25th, 2020

Linden Pool (Supplied)

The City of Johannesburg will re-open 10 swimming pools to coaches and clubs on October 1 2020.

The 10 pools, spread across the City’s seven regions, are Linden Swimming pool, Florida North Swimming pool, Pimville Swimming pool, Dobsonville Swimming pool, Pioneer Park Swimming pool, Ellis Park Swimming pool, Lenasia Ext 2 Swimming pool, Lenasia Ext 5 Swimming pool, and Zoo Lake Swimming pool and Coronationville Swimming pool.

This approach is meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus and adhere to protocols and procedures to safe guard the bathers by ensuring minimum exposure to others.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Margaret Arnolds, says: “Bathers are expected to comply with changes, pay particular attention to signage at swimming pools and all times keep facilities clean.”

The City’s Community Development department has extensively engaged stakeholders and is not rushing the opening of pools for recreation activities. All this has been done with the hope that the coronavirus may soon be a thing of the past.

As the number of Covid-19 cases drop, the City of Joburg will phase in the re-opening of public swimming pools city wide during this swimming season.

“During the six months swimming season, the City of Joburg pools normally attract at least 698 000 bathers. Human beings are social and personal experience can never be replaced. Missing the splashing in the waters and basking at the public pools especially this time of the year is noted,” says MMC Arnolds.

“Once necessary safety precautions are in place, pools will be opened gradually to the general public. We are all looking forward to the day when our pools will be opened.”

Preparations by the Sport and Recreation Directorate for the re-opening is on track to provide swimming experience in the best possible safe environment. The public will have to wait a bit longer before they can dip into municipal pools. Communication will be shared as soon as the green light is given.

“We continue to appeal to everyone to wear masks, practice physical distancing in public spaces and observe the hygiene golden rules of washing hands or using sanitisers to protect ourselves and those around us,” concludes MMC Arnolds.

Club members are encouraged to purchase club season tickets.

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