Swimming pools in Sunderland will reopen this weekend with strict measures

Three swimming pools in Sunderland are set to reopen this week after five months due to coronavirus.

Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre, Washington Leisure Centre and Hetton Community Pool and Leisure Centre will all reopen their pools on August 22.

Swimming lessons will also commence on this date and a variety of measures have been introduced across the facilities.

The pools, which are managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Sunderland City Council, will welcome back users following the successful reopening of gyms and group exercise studios last month.

On 9 July, the Government announced that leisure facilities were safe to reopen, with strict operational measures in place.

To adhere to this, the pools will take bookings in advance for sessions and will also have fewer lessons within the pool at any one time to allow for both children and swimming teachers to social distance.

Lesson times will be staggered so there will be fewer classes starting and finishing at the same time and only one parent/guardian is asked to attend with a child, to reduce the number of people in the centre.

Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “After a successful reopening of our gyms and studios, we’re pleased to take the next step in our phased reopening plan and get everyone active in our swimming pools again!

“Ensuring we maintain a safe environment for our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.

“We encourage visitors to read through the changes we are making so we can maintain a safe environment for everyone.

“Thank you to everyone for their patience during this time.”

Councillor John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, added: “It’s good to see pools reopening and swimming lessons resuming. We know they have been greatly missed.

“Measures are in place to ensure the safety of both swimmers and staff and we would urge everyone to make sure they follow these when they visit our pools.”

For further information on Everyone Active, visit www.everyoneactive.com

Chronicle Live – Sunderland