Outdoor public pools will reopen from Monday (27 September) but indoor pools will remain closed.
Fully vaccinated Northern Beaches swimmers will be able to swim at the outdoor pools at Warringah and Manly Aquatic Centres from Monday but all indoor pools, programs and facilities will remain closed.
The reopening of outdoor pools follows the easing of Public Health Order restrictions by the NSW Government. Limits on the number of swimmers with the 4sq.m rule will be enforced, with a maximum of 50 people at Warringah Aquatic Centre and a maximum of 120 at Manly Aquatic Centre.
Warringah Aquatic Centre has one 25m outdoor pool with four swim lanes available. Manly Aquatic Centre has 13 swim lanes available across two outdoor pools (50m and 25m).
Squad programs will resume and all swimmers will be restricted to a maximum 60 minute session, including arrival and departure time. Limits on the number of people who may socialise together will be maintained in line with Public Health Orders, currently two unless from the same household, or five if all are fully vaccinated (not including children 12 years and under).
Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan said he was pleased to be able to reopen the outdoor pools to the public.
“Opening our pools is the first real sign that we are on the road to a return to some kind of normality. It will be welcome news for all those people who rely on our pools for exercise or are looking for somewhere to take the kids in the school holidays.
“We’ll be implementing all requirements to keep patrons safe, including QR code check-ins and capping the number of visitors to reduce crowding. We’ll also be asking visitors to comply with the Public Health Orders including wearing a mask, using the hand sanitiser provided and adhering to gathering rules.
“I’m looking forward to all the pools and, in fact, all our services and facilities being available for use. We are certainly well into planning for that so we can reopen as soon as we get the green light from the government,” said Mayor Regan.
Bookings will not be required for access to the aquatic centres but access will be restricted based on capacity, and wait times may apply for lane availability. Face masks will be required when not swimming.
Warringah Aquatic Centre, 1 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest, will be open 8.00am-4.00pm and 7.00pm-9.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am-6.00pm Saturday, 7.00am-6.00pm Sunday and public holidays. Entry will be via reception and exit via the outdoor side gate.
Manly Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Aquatic Centre, 1 Kenneth Road, North Manly, will be open 5.30am-9.00pm Monday to Friday, 6.00am-6.00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Entry will be via reception and exit via the outdoor pool side gate.
Natural swimming pools such as beach rock pools and harbour swimming enclosures have remained open through the current stay-at-home restrictions.
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