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With warmer days around the corner, it comes as good news to hear that Johannesburg’s public swimming pools will be reopening on 1 October.
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The City of Johannesburg announced that it will be opening 42 of its swimming pools across the city from 1 October. This will surely be music to the ears of many of the city’s residents who rely on public swimming pools to cool off on hot days, as well as for those who want to dive into swim squad or personal training.
Ongoing lockdown restrictions coupled with traditional seasonal closures over the winter months have meant that the city’s swimming pools, even ones with which have traditionally remained open throughout the winter, have been closed for several months already.
While there is talk of an imminent easing of lockdown restrictions in the very near future — with increased numbers of people being allowed at indoor and outdoor facilities, Johannesburg’s swimming pools will still limit the number of swimmers allowed to enter.
Community development MMC Margaret Arnolds said that due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations, a reduced number of bathers will be allowed into the city’s pools.
The reopening of the city’s pools will be accompanied by the hosting of water activities at a number of pools across the city. Residents are encouraged to attend.
Between 11:00 and 13:00 on 1 October, the Rabie Ridge, Linden, Roodepoort, Moletsane, Eastbank, Forest Hill and Lenasia Ext 5 public pools will offer a range of water activities, including learning to swim, water aerobics, water safety and water volleyball.
“Communities are encouraged to celebrate summer responsibly while investing in their health by being physically active,” Arnolds told TimesLive.
A number of pools in Johannesburg will not be reopening on 1 October. Three of the city’s pools will not be able to reopen, due to vandalism. These pools will remain closed but are receiving attention, Arnolds said.
Major upgrades are also being carried out at 10 of Johannesburg’s swimming pools, Affected pools will only reopen in the next swimming season.