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Council to re-open its swimming pools next week

Council will now have reduced capacity in its swimming pools and swim sessions will be strictly 60 minutes

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will re-open its swimming pools in Newry, Kilkeel and Down Leisure Centres from Monday, August 17.

From this date, those wishing to use the swimming lanes (over 16s only) will be allowed access to swimming pools.

Customers wishing to come along for casual swims and family fun swims can book a slot from Saturday, August 22.

To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, the Council will now have reduced capacity in its swimming pools and swim sessions will be strictly 60 minutes.

Users must now also book their swim slot in advance.

At present, Health Suites remain closed and the Council won’t be running any swimming lessons just yet as it aims to take a phased approach to reopening of its leisure facilities.

This is to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. Reopening dates for these activities will be
communicated in due course.

For user safety, an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place. There will also be clear visible guidelines about cleanliness and reminders of personal responsibility throughout the facilities.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Laura Devlin said: “We have been working hard to ensure that we open our leisure centres in the safest way possible, taking a step-by-step approach to ensure your safety.

“We aim to accommodate as many people as possible, but we need to ensure that we also adhere to government guidelines.

“As well as the key safety measures, such as social distancing and hygiene, there are now practical things people need to consider before they swim, such as coming to pools beach ready, showering at home and paying special attention to pool signage.”

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