Members are requested to take
note of the latest information from the Government and Public
Health England regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We would like to take this
opportunity to remind swimmers, coaches, volunteers and
parents of the latest NHS guidance and hygiene precautions that can
help reduce the spread of infection.
Is it still safe to go
swimming at this time? Can the virus be transmitted through the
you may have seen on other swimming related website the Pool Water
Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) has consulted
with Public Health England who have told us:
“We have checked with our national leads who confirm that
coronavirus would be inactivated at the levels of chlorine used in
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. Of concern, though, is the interaction that pool users
have with each other beyond the swimming activity. The novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving and characteristics of
the virus are still being determined.
safety, PWTAG is urging the management and owners of swimming pools
testing of the pool water for pH and disinfectant
That pH and disinfectant
levels comply with PWTAG guidance in the Code of
tests of pool water are carried out by an UKAS approved laboratory.
And to clean and
disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the pool
environment, ensuring a frequent and regular cleansing regime
of all areas used by the public.
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Users of swimming pools,
on the other hand, are directed to shower before entering the pool
to remove impurities typically found on bodies, and to shower on
leaving the pool. They also are directed to observe good public hygiene practices.