Earlier this week we reported how United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the nation’s conditional plan to reopen society on Monday, The 51-page plan document’s 3-step roadmap offered up an indication as to when pools will be back up and running.
British Swimming has now released a statement concerning its takeaways from the plan, conveying that a working group is already dissecting the government advice and guidelines.
“Given the unique and complex nature of the situation, we will undertake a thorough piece of planning to ensure we get this right,” reads the organization’s release.
“As per the definition of ‘elite athletes’ in the UK Government guidance, British Swimming will announce as soon as possible the ‘elite athletes’ to which this guidance applies. For clarity, no athletes outside those named by British Swimming will be covered by this guidance, and therefore they will not be permitted to train at this point.”
British Swimming goes on to say that elite training centres will be able to open before club programs. That’s timely good news for the likes of Holly Hibbott, Freya Anderson and others who recently made their moves from their long-time clubs to the National Training Center at Bath.
In the meantime, beginning yesterday, May 13th, marked the return of open water swimming. Participants need to make sure they follow current social distancing rules and express caution when swimming in open water.
Of the government updates, British Swimming Chief Executive, Jack Buckner, said:
“Naturally I welcome this update and thank our partners at the DCMS, PHE, DHSC and UK Sport, along with our fellow National Governing Bodies, for their work on this. It’s important that now we have this guidance, we take our time to get the implementation right. Whilst this first phase of ‘returning to training’ is an important step for our elite squad of athletes across the aquatics disciplines, I understand the wider aquatics community will also be keen to get back in the water, but for now I encourage you to be patient as your time will come, in the hopefully not too distant future.”