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WE thought it would be useful to issue a polite reminder for people using the pool to shower with soap before entering. We always take pool hygiene seriously and the following is general good practice which will help us keep our pool clean.

Speaking generally, a swimming pool is not very different from any other public place. Just as people might avoid work, school or public transport when they are not well, there are circumstances when swimming pools should be avoided.

The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group, which we’re a member of, has consulted with Public Health England. They have confirmed that coronavirus would be inactivated by the levels of chlorine used in swimming pools.

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.

As general advice, remember to wash your hands regularly wherever you go.

Some general advice before using our pool:

• We ask everyone to go to the toilet and then shower before swimming.

• Children shouldn’t swim on a full stomach – not because of cramp (there’s actually no connection) but because they may swallow water and be sick.

• Nobody suffering from diarrhoea should swim.

• People should not go to public pools if they have open wounds, severe eczema or any infectious skin complaint.

• Colds, flu and other infectious illnesses are a sufficient reason not to swim or use the steam room.

• People whose illness or treatment makes them susceptible to infection, or affected badly by it, should take medical advice before swimming.

• People should not swim if they are affected by drink or drugs.

• Parents should think twice about taking infants under the age of six months to general use public pools. They may lose heat in cold water, the air may irritate their lungs, and their skin may be too sensitive for the pool chemicals.

• When children do start swimming, it should not be in nappies; there are special baby bathing costumes.