As you know, Coronavirus (Covid-19) is present in the UK and has been declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organisation). While it is "business as usual" at this stage for Swim Dynamics, my first priority is always your safety and that of your families, friends and the wider community. As such I am keeping up to date on all relevant advice and documentation that is being released by Swim England and PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) regarding swimming and the use of facilities and will continue to keep you updated.
Whilst here in the UK no measures are in place to force the closures of swimming pools, it would be remiss not to conceive it as a future possibility, based on what is happening in others parts of the world. I am obviously hopeful that this won’t be the case. I am in regular contact with the management teams at Inspire and St Albans School and I have asked them to keep me fully updated.
There are ways in which we can collectively help to prevent further spread of the virus:
- If you suspect you have Covid-19, or have been in close contact with a person with confirmed Covid-19, please contact the relevant authorities and follow the directions provided by them;
- If you have contracted the virus, please let me know and kindly refrain from attending any squad or 121 sessions until you know you are clear of the virus;
- Please do your best to look out for those who are considered more “at risk” during this period;
- Please shower before getting into the pool and avoid close contact with other swimmers in the changing rooms and other dry side areas;
- The good news is that it is reported that COVID-19 cannot be spread in chlorinated water, so ensuring you are taking measures outside of the water will help contain any spread of the virus.
How to protect yourself:
As there is currently no vaccine for Covid-19 we encourage you to follow the WHO general recommendations to prevent the potential spread of infection:
- Regular hand washing with soap (for at least 20 seconds) or alcohol-based solution;
- Covering coughing or sneezing with a tissue or elbow (not your hand);
- Avoiding touching of eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Limiting contact with people who are sick; staying at home if you are sick; encouraging employees to stay at home when sick.