COVID restrictions ease just in time for pool opening

05th Oct 2021

The Guyra Swimming Pool opened to the public on Monday October 4th, with a steady stream of swimmers taking advantage of the public holiday for their first dip of the season. Despite cooler temperatures in the lead up to the opening, the water temperature for the first day was a comfortable 27 degrees.
It was good timing with the weather and the COVID gods aligning, however some restrictions will remain to keep patrons safe.
Armidale Regional Council’s Coordinator of Public and Town Spaces Richard Morsley said Council has revised its COVIDSafe plans for both the Guyra and Armidale aquatic centres to maximise safety and hygiene.
“Staff at Guyra and Armidale aquatic centres will be taking extra measures to ensure compliance with our COVIDSafe plans and people are adhering to restrictions outlined in the Public Health Order to keep everyone safe.”
“The one person per four square metre and social distancing rules will apply and we encourage pool goers to wear masks when approaching the kiosks.”
“We recommend community members to come to the pool prepared, by arriving in swimwear and leaving once they’ve finished swimming to avoid use of change rooms where possible,” said Mr Morsley.
“Our aquatic centres are important outdoor recreational facilities that provide entertainment and health and wellbeing benefits for residents.
“Lap swimmers may relish in the water temperatures being a little warmer this season following the heat pump upgrades earlier this year,” said Mr Morsley.
“Reopening our doors is a welcome relief for residents looking to escape the summer heat, pursuing exercise alternatives or seeking family friendly activities, particularly after another tough year.”