Outdoor pools in NSW to reopen for COVID-19 vaccinated and unvaccinated residents



From tomorrow, outdoor pools are reopening across the state for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, NSW Health has confirmed.The changes to the public health orders, which call for a COVID-19 safety plan to be in place, will also apply in areas with stay-at-home rules and in the 12 local government areas (LGAs) of concern.When their reopening was first mentioned, it was spruiked as a reward for the fully vaccinated, like the “picnic rule”. Outdoor pools are required to have a COVID-19 safety plan.(ABC News)At today’s daily coronavirus briefing, there was some confusion over who would be granted access after Premier Gladys Berejiklian said those over 18 need to be vaccinated.However, Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health said the plans allowed for unvaccinated to exercise outdoors.”There are a range of other activities that can be done to keep people safe,” he said.”And outdoor pools are outdoors and by the nature of that, that’s a much lower risk of transmission of COVID than indoors.” Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from September 26 with a look back at our blog.As of September 25, the state had 60.06 per cent of those aged 16 and over vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination.Public pools were closed soon after the recent outbreak, fuelled by the Delta variant, was first recorded on June 16. In a meeting with the premier early last week, mayors from the hotspot LGAs called for their reopening, saying their communities were feeling they were being treated unfairly.NSW Health has provided a COVID-19 checklist that businesses need to address when developing their safety plan.The wellbeing of staff and customersPhysical distancing VentilationHygiene and cleaningRecord keepingBondi’s famous Icebergs pool will not be reopening tomorrow.In a post on social media, the club apologised to its community, saying the decision was disappointing but they needed to ensure the venue was COVID-safe.The City of Sydney council however, said it was pleased to welcome back swimmers to the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Prince Alfred Park Pool and Victoria Park Pool.They encouraged swimmers to abide by their new COVID protocols, including allowing the unvaccinated to gather in groups of two, compared to groups of five for the fully vaccinated.What you need to know about coronavirus:Cumberland City Council’s pool at Granville in Western Sydney will open from 7:00am on Monday.The council said swimmers would be required to stick to the one person per 4 square metre rule and were encouraged to limit their time at the facility.They also said all staff needed to meet the authorised worker requirements.Bookings of one-hour time slots will be required in advance for outdoor pools in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA.Swimmers are asked to “vacate the pool at 10 minutes to the hour and vacate the facility at 5 minutes to the hour” and be out of the complex entirely by the end of the hour.Vaccinations are “encouraged”.Indoor aquatic centres will remain closed.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 8 minutes 10 seconds8m Do we really need booster vaccines for COVID-19?Loading form…



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