Last updated: 11 March 2020
Swim England has issued the following advice regarding novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.
A spokesperson 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.
“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”
These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.
This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.
Your Leisure is following ongoing guidance from Public Health England. Your Leisure’s Corporate Management Team has issued a comprehensive guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that all our facilities are fully briefed on the facts and current guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have precautionary measures in place, such as the installation of hand sanitiser stations, and decontamination protocols.
Currently, our sites are open as usual, in line with current Public Health England guidance. However, we are monitoring the situation closely and taking advice from Public Health England, as well as our partners at TDC and DDC. As new guidance is issued, Your Leisure will take the required action.
We trust that individuals are also following the advice and guidance from Public Health England and we do remind visitors to carry tissues with them and to wash their hands regularly as per government guidelines and use small bottles of hand sanitiser if they so wish. During their visit, our staff will be on hand to guide people to bins to dispose of tissues or to toilets to wash their hands or sanitiser stations.
If you have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and you have recently used our facilities, please contact the centres reception team via phone or email: