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Swimming: COVID guidelines for keeping safe

Gyms and swimming pools now open

You must book before coming to a centre.

Fitness classes will not take place yet.

Reopening information


  1. Overview
  2. Swimming with children
  3. Pool safety
  4. COVID guidelines for keeping safe

COVID guidelines for keeping safe

Swimming sessions

  • Swimming sessions are 45 minutes long
  • There is a 30 minute gap between sessions, to allow swimmers to leave and for cleaning
  • Booking sessions will help to stop the pools and changing rooms from getting too busy

Before you visit

  • Do not come swimming if you feel unwell
  • Bring any equipment or swimming aids with you, and make sure they are clean and easy to identify as yours before you arrive
  • Arrive ready to swim, with your swim suit under your clothes if possible

When you get here

  • Please wear a face covering when entering, you can remove it when using the facilities, read about wearing a face covering in Council buildings
  • Listen to instructions
  • Use contactless payments where possible
  • Use hand sanitiser or wash stations
  • Spend as little time as possible in the changing rooms
  • Keep a safe distance from others
  • Use the pre-swim showers before getting in the pool

When you are in the pool

  • Follow the signs that tell you which side of the lane to be on
  • Choose your lane using the fast, medium and slow signs and by watching those already swimming 
  • Before pushing off at each turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching
  • If you change your stroke as part of your session, think about moving lanes
  • If you stop for a rest, keep in mind that other swimmers will want to keep on swimming without stopping, so keep to the edge of the lane and allow others to turn at the wall, turning your head away and keeping a safe distance
  • Respect people of different standards and abilities
  • Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other swimmers

After your swim

  • Spend as little time as possible in the changing rooms
  • Hair dryers are not allowed
  • Shower at home

Saunas and steam rooms

Following government guidance, saunas and steams rooms are closed for now.

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