When will the Portishead outdoor swimming pool open and how to book a swim
Portishead’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open this week – after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The lido, which last opened cold water swimming sessions in February 2020, will open on Friday, May 14.
The doors will open at 1 p.m. and those who wish to swim will need to pre-book their swim online.
The pool will open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays for now with plans to extend opening hours as restrictions continue to relax.
There will be two separate sessions – the lane swimming and the family or home bubble swims.
Five lanes will be open to the pool with a maximum of eight people in each lane.
On Mondays and Fridays, the pool will open at 1 p.m. with a pool in the lanes, followed by family / home swim sessions, then swim in the lanes.
On weekends, family / domestic bubble swims will be available in the afternoon.
Tickets for swimming slots will be released once a week.
Barbara Thatcher, Pool Volunteer, said: âWe can change the balance between lane swimming and home and bubble swims depending on demand.
“We can adjust if necessary.”
Changes will also be made to pool operations to ensure safe viewing.
A one-way system for swimmers is in place, with people entering through the main entrance and exiting through the emergency exit.
The number of changing rooms will be limited and people are kindly requested to arrive ready in their swimming gear and change by the pool at the end of the session.
There will be no showers available in the changing rooms and only the poolside toilets will be available.
The confectionery store will also be closed, but the cafe will offer a take-out service accessible at the front of the building on Esplanade Road.
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Additional cleaning will be done throughout the day.
A tracking and traceability system will be in place and people will need to provide all of their contact details when booking swimming online.
People will need to wear masks when entering the building and using its facilities.
Pool volunteers organized a âwet runâ this week before the opening to verify that all procedures were working.
Additional lifeguards are also being trained to allow for extended opening hours later in the season when restrictions are lifted further.
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Ms Thatcher said: âWe hope to get back to normal after June 21 if the government’s roadmap allows.
“But that’s something we can’t predict and we’ll have to see what the government’s direction is at the time.”
Volunteers worked hard during the pandemic on maintaining the pool.
Last week the boilers were turned on and the water is now at 28c.
âWe can’t wait to go and can’t wait to reopen to the public,â said Ms Thatcher.
“We just have to hope that the sun comes up.”
Reservations for swimming sessions are now online at www.portisheadopenairpool.org.uk.