Swimmers lap it up as pools reopen

Pic of lifeguard Mark and Natalie (they don't want their last names published). Photo by Damjan Janevski. 217149_01

Jessica Micallef

Sunbury swimmers can make a splash again as outdoor public pools reopen.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor pools, as well as outdoor exercise with up to two people for a maximum of two hours are well into effect under step two of Premier Daniel Andrews’ roadmap to a “Covid normal”.

Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre’s heated outdoor 50-metre pool reopened for lap swimming last week.

In line with government restrictions, visitors must live within five kilometres of the centre and a maximum of 20 patrons will be allowed on site at one time.

Additional safety measures are in place including health screenings and temperature checks to ensure the safety of the community and staff.

The centre has implemented a booking system for people to reserve a 45-minute session to swim, not to play.

All patrons are required to wear a mask when in the centre but not when swimming and children under 10 are not permitted in the lap pool.

Showers and changerooms will not be available but toilets can be used when required.

Centre staff request visitors arrive 10 minutes before their allocated swim time for a health screening and check in.

Details and bookings: bit.ly/3iCGW7l