The Impact of Covid-19
The lock-down has been an incredibly difficult time for our whole community. Now that Meg Pool is able to to re-open we want to make your visit to us something which is a positive and relaxing experience for everyone, whilst following all the relevant guidance to make sure that all visitors to the site stay safe.
In order to help us to achieve this, we ask that you observe the following key things:
Only come to the pool for a pre-booked session and
If you are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus please
DO NOT ENTER our premises and follow the Government Stay at Home Guidance.
Visitors to the Pool, and Volunteers are not required to wear face coverings as it is an open site.
During May and June, the Meg Pool Committee (who are all volunteers) have been reviewing the "Roadmap" to ensure that the Pool can re-open safely.
We have to comply with the guidance on the re-opening of Community Pools from Swim England, whilst enabling people to adhere to the Government guidance on social distancing. The latest information on swimming states:
Exercise, sport and physical activity
You can do unlimited exercise but there are limits on the number of people you can exercise with. You can exercise in a group of up to 30 people when outdoors.
Where sport is not formally organised, it can only take place within the rules on social contact - in groups of up to 30 people. Gathering in groups of more than 30 people (including for informal or self-organised sport) is illegal, unless an exemption applies (such as supervised activity for children).
Changing rooms can open but their use should be minimised. Changing rooms are areas of increased risk, so people should shower and change at home where possible. If participants do need to use changing rooms, they must adhere to legal gathering limits, and should be advised to minimise time spent inside and maintain social distancing from those they do not live with or share a support bubble with.
People are not required to wear face coverings while taking part in sport and physical activity. All forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise except on specific advice from a physician.
The Meg Pool committee will continue to review the guidance from Swim England and the Government. Once a decision has been made about the easing of the lockdown restrictions in July we will look again at how people can access the pool.
Heating the Pool
We are delighted that, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Covid-19 Relief Fund, the Pool WILL be heated this year!
What have we done to make visitors to the Meg Pool site safe?
Only people who have pre-booked (including adult swimmers) are allowed on the site.
Before booking, swimmers and spectators must download & read the Covid-19 Guide for Users which can be found here
The site has been adapted with a waiting area outside and a one-way system to get in and out of the pool area. There are additional signs around the site to inform swimmers (and spectators) of what to do.
We have reviewed the duties carried out by our Tuck-shop Volunteers and they have been given training.
Lifeguards have been made aware of the latest guidance from Swim England and RLSS UK and appropriate PPE has been provided for them.
Following the guidance from Swim England, Swimmers should arrive "beach ready" and must vacate the pool when directed to allow 15 minutes to sanitise the site before the next session starts.
The changing rooms and toilets are available* however there is ample space to change on the poolside in designated areas.
Hand sanitiser is available at key points on the site and we are using a steam cleaner in the toilet and changing room areas between each session.
The baby changing tables have been moved to outdoor locations.
The Tuckshop is open in the pre-booked group sessions* with a limited menu (including pre-packaged snacks, cold and hot drinks). Only one customer will be allowed in the Tuckshop at a time.
*not open/available during the Adult Swim sessions
What does this mean for you?
We still cannot run our usual Open Swim sessions, and all sessions have to be pre-bookable so that we know exactly how many people are on the pool site, including spectators as well as swimmers.
We are therefore implementing a phased re-opening from 21st June 2021, offering extra Adult Swim sessions for over 16s and Bookable 45 minute slots where people from different households can get together to book a swimming session with a lifeguard. Booking is done online, via the Opening Times page. These bookable slots can only be opened up if there is a volunteer and a lifeguard available to run them.
The system will go live on 20th June 2021. We will also be running the Swimming Lessons and Zumba Fitness from this date.
Some Pool facilities are not available: the Slide can only be used at the discretion of the Lifeguard and the pool's Inflatables cannot be used , however swimmers can bring their own equipment. "Inflatables" sessions are not running.
If you wish to book a Party you will need to book back-to-back sessions for the amount of time you require. The BBQ is available on request, (you must bring your own disposable BBQ). Some refreshments will be available from the Tuck shop and groups can also bring their own food as long as they take all rubbish away with them.