The swim season is upon us and Gloucester is getting ready to open its olympic pool with a few COVID-friendly rules.
As it does every year, MidCoast Council opens the pool in line with the end of term three. This year, the doors are due to open on Saturday, September 26. But like everything these days, it's all subject to the COVID situation.
At this stage, the pool will open with limited hours initially. Doors will open at 11am and close at 3pm.
According to council's manager of pool and active recreation, John (Tad) Parish the plan is to extend the hours on November 14 to be from 11am until 6pm.
"Entry fees remain the same at $5 per adult, $4 under 16 and concession. Season passes are also available," Tad explained. "Swimming squads, swimming club and learn to swim programs will still operate in line with our COVID safe guidelines."
Entry to the pool will be based on patrons adhering to the Gloucester Pool Complex's COVID-safe plan.
All patrons and visitors are required to sign in with their name, phone number, time of visit, address and email address to both the olympic and hydro pool. Hand sanitiser will also be provided and people are encouraged to use it.
Anyone with cough of flu like symptoms are asked to stay away.Tad Parish
There is a limit of 100 people permitted to be in the complex at any one time.
A social distancing rule of four metres applies (both in and out of the water) with members of the same family excluded.
When it comes to the popular summertime poolside birthday parties, get-togethers or group booking numbers of attendees are capped at 20 people.
"Patrons are asked to shower at home where possible with a limit of four people per change room at any one time." Tad said. "Anyone with a cough or flu like symptoms are asked to stay away."
Pool staff will be ensuring that all 'touch areas' are cleaned on a regular basis.
Council will be monitoring the State and Federal Government's COVID restrictions, and alterations to the way the pool is run may change at any time depending on the recommendations and rules.
For more information or to get an update on the COVID situation visit council's website at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Part-of-your-every-day/Council-Projects/COVID-19-Information or call Gloucester pool on 6538 5270.