COVID-19 Brunei: Swimming pools reopen doors (2020)

Swimming enthusiasts waiting for the swimming pool centre to reopen. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

BY Fadhil Yunus

Swimming pool centres finally opened its doors to the public and enthusiasts on Tuesday following the recent announcement of the third phase of the de-escalation plan.

Based on the recent phase, new activities commencing at Level 1 will include swimming pools, cinemas and mass gatherings.

Enthusiasts were seen forming a beeline at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex Swimming Pool during the resumption of operations after months of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The resumption of swimming will see a limited capacity of 30 per cent and not exceeding 50 people at one time. Under the guidelines, only swimmers above the age of 15 are allowed to use the swimming pool facilities.

The facilities will only open three times a week. Swimming pools under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will open every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday while operational days for other pools depend on the owners.

Each swimmer will be allowed to use the facilities for one hour. The operational hours are from 8am to 9am, 10am to 11am, 1pm to 2pm, 3pm to 4pm and 5pm to 6pm.

Swimming pool owners should ensure that the chlorine level is in accordance to the prescribed health standards.

Users must ensure their personal hygiene and those who encounter symptoms and perceive as high risk will not be allowed entry. Activities involving contact or the sharing of equipment is not allowed. Locker rooms and shower areas are allowed for use.

Get-togethers before and after using the swimming pool inside the facility or at its immediate surroundings are not allowed. Toilets are allowed access and must be sanitised at all times.

Swimming pools representatives must inform users on the need to obey social distancing upon arrival at the swimming pool and after finishing their session.

The representative must prepare a procedure to ensure that swimming pool equipment is safe to be used and sanitation practices are implemented.

All swimming pools personnel must wear face mask and gloves while users are encouraged to bring their own disinfectant for protection.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin