Mixed news for Spalding Amateur, South Lincs Competitive and Deepings clubs
There was mixed news for south Lincolnshire’s swimming clubs after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ‘cautious’ reopening of pools this week.
The Spalding Amateur, South Lincs Competitive and Deepings clubs have all faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
They faced a five-month wait to return to the pool following the first national lockdown before getting back to training in August.
Swimmers at the South Lincs and Deepings clubs then began competing in a new Level X meeting in November before the latest lockdown saw all activities paused once again.
This week’s announcement sees outdoor swimming pools and lidos plus open water venues allowed to open from March 29 while five weeks later, from April 12, indoor pools can reopen for individual use or within household groups.
Indoor children’s activities – including club sessions for all under 18s in all aquatic sports and learn to swim lessons – are also allowed to resume from this date.
However, organised indoor adult sport for swimmers, divers, water polo players, artistic swimmers and Masters swimmers will be allowed five weeks after step two, no earlier than May 17.
Swim England chief executive Jane Nickerson said: “The announcement from the Government will come as a relief to so many people who have missed swimming and aquatic activity so much.
“We appreciate that many will have been hoping for an earlier reopening date but we understand the need to be cautious as we don’t want to end up in another lockdown in the future.
“While I am delighted that outdoor and indoor pools can reopen at the earliest available opportunity allowed by the Government, it’s still a bitter sweet moment for our thousands and thousands of over 18 club members.
“Of course adults will be allowed to get back in the water when pools reopen but, for so many of them, it will mean they have been unable to train with their clubs for more than six months by the time the indoor restrictions on adult organised sport are eased.
“We have stressed over and over again to the Government that it needed to change this frustrating ruling so it’s extremely disappointing to see restrictions still in place for several more weeks when pools do reopen.
“Our over 18s members have been locked out of their club pool training sessions for far too long. That’s why we shall be urging the Government to reconsider this restriction and allow adult organised activity to take place in the second wave when indoor pools reopen.”